2012
Nov 06

New to the Library: Ducks Everywhere!

by Hannah Holt »

17 comments


The Lightbulb Library has a new addition.

Title: Ducks Everywhere!

Ages: 2-4

Themes: Counting; ducks; sharing; feelings

Opening: One duck in a crib…

Synopsis: Ducks keep appearing in the strangest places today– in my room, at the table. Some ducks even wear my clothes. They make me feel crowded. I wish they would go away.

A Look Inside the Making of Ducks: I used a four-year-old boy {isn’t he handsome?} and a common rubber duck to create all the characters in this story.

I used photo editing to transform one small duck into a set of giant ducks.

To do this, I took pictures of the rubber duck in a variety of lighting settings.

{Okay, I had more than one duck. I was just checking to see if you were paying attention.}

I took pictures of the boy and superimposed the ducks into the picture afterwards. Like this…

{I often used balloons as place holders for the ducks. They helped me visualize the picture’s final layout.}

Of course, I had to add shadows and reflected light from objects that weren’t there. This shot was particularly tricky because I added the ducks’ reflection into the hardwood floors.

You can watch out for ducks, too. Head on over to the free picture book library and check them out.


  1. Joanna

    I LOVE ducks and had five stuffed ducks of varying sizes on my bed in Nice. The four year-old IS cute and I adore the giant duck in the crib. Thanks for the heads up for this book, Hannah!

    • Hannah Holt

      I think the duck in the crib was my favorite shot. Thanks, Joanna.

  2. Susanna Leonard Hill

    You are so amazingly clever, Hannah! Even with the explanation I have no idea how you do this. Going right over to look at the book!

  3. Erik - This Kid Reviews Books

    Love the process! :) Have to check it out!

    • Hannah Holt

      Thanks, Erik.

  4. Heather Newman

    The four year old is the biggest star, of course. The book is adorable and I am envious of your mad photoshop skills. The reflections of the ducks in the wood floor are gorgeous!

    • Hannah Holt

      Gimp is my life saver for sure. I keep meaning to branch out into other programs, but it’s hard when I’m so comfortable with one.

  5. Catherine Johnson

    You are so clever, that is adorable! I love the sock one the best.

    • Hannah Holt

      Thanks, Catherine. I had to stuff all the socks with plastic bags to get them to stay upright.

  6. Pam Heiny

    You’re amazing! … As is the four year old. :)

    • Hannah Holt

      The four year old is amazingly patient… with me. :)

  7. Cheryl Morrison

    Love this book!!! I have a Rubber Duckie collection, and may just need to get this book to add to my collection!

    • Hannah Holt

      So glad you enjoyed it, Cheryl. I’ll bet your duckie collection has some pretty cool ducks in it.

  8. Valerie Vanherzeele

    Hi, I’m looking for big ducks (1m and bigger) for our company on the water.

    Do you have a contact person where I can find the ducks?

    Thank you!

    • Hannah Holt

      Good luck with your party. These were all regular sized rubber ducks. Digitally added to look larger. Sorry.