Duck on a Bike (Hardcover) written and illustrated by David Shannon. Blue Sky Press, 2002. ISBN: 0439050235. pp: 40.
Ages: 4-8, gr: preschool-3
Pato va en bici (Spanish) by David Shannon, Elodie Bourgeois. Juventud; Translatio edition. 2003. ISBN: 8426132707. pp: 30.


Duck decided one day that he could ride the boy’s bike. As he rode, he passed cow, sheep, dog, cat, horse, chicken, goat, two pigs, and mouse--all of whom had various, unspoken opinions of duck riding the bike. When the unexpected opportunity arose for all of them to ride a bike, they took it, with no one the wiser. The last page has duck looking thoughtfully at a tractor.


  1. Compare the ending of this book to the ending of Tuesday by David Weisner.
    Wiesner, D. (1992). Tuesday. Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin. ISBN:0440846390

  2. Imagine the farmer added into the story. Read what David Shannon says about his writing process. Draw a thumbnail sketch of the farmer.
  3. Seven of the nine children riding their bikes are wearing safety helmets. Discuss why this is so important. Discuss other bike safety rules and issues.

  4. Rewrite the story into a Readers’ Theatre selection. Present the selection to other classes.

  5. Read other books that David Shannon has written about David. Do a Venn Diagram, comparing David with Duck.
    • Shannon, D. (2002). David gets in trouble. Blue Sky Press.
    • Shannon, D. (1999). David goes to school. Blue Sky Press.
    • Shannon, D. (1998). No, David!. Blue Sky Press.

  6. Read more book about Duck.
    • Shannon, D. (2005). Duck and a book. Scholastic. grades k-2.

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Duck On a Bike. Accelerated Reader: Quiz #58826 EN; Book Level 2.0; Points= 0.5
Book Adventure (Sylvan): Quiz Level 1
Reading Counts: Reading Level 1.8; Points= 1.0
Lexile Level 240
Guided Reading Level H
word count= 411
Flesch/Kincaid 2

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