Burl Ives sang the poem Little White Duck in the late 1900s. The poem teaches children about water animals and the sound they make. In this poem, we will learn about ducks, frogs, bugs and snakes. You can also list other sea animals and the sound they make by the end of the poem.
The Little White Duck lyrics are given below. Read them aloud, and then we will discuss the meaning and summary of the poem.
The Little White Duck
There is a little white duck, sitting in water
The little white duck, doing what he oughter
He took some bite of a lily pad
He flapped his wings and he said, "I am glad
I am a little white duck sitting in the water
Quack, quack, quack, quack, quack, quack, quack"
Little Green Frog Swimming
There is a little green frog swimming in water
The little green frog, doing what he oughter
He jumped right off from lily pad
That a little duck bit and he said, "I am glad
I am a little green frog swimming in water
Glump glug, glump glug, glump glug glug"
Little Black Bug Floating
There is the little black bug floating on water
The little black bug doing what he oughter
He tickled frog on the lily pad
That little duck bit and he said, "I am glad
I am little black bug floating on water
Chirp bzz, chirp bzz, chirp bzz bzz"
Little Red Snake Playing
There is little red snake playing in water
The little red snake doing what he oughter
He frightened duck and frog so bad
He ate the little bug and said, "I am glad
I am a little red snake lying in water
Wriggle hiss, wriggle hiss, wriggle hiss hiss"
Lily Pad In Water
Now there is nobody left sitting in water
Nobody left doing what he oughter
There is nothing left but a lily pad
The duck and the frog ran away, I am sad
Because there is nobody left sitting in water
Boo, boo, boo
The poem is about a child observing nature and sitting near the water. The child saw that a little white-coloured duck started playing in the water like it usually does after eating a bit of lily pad. Then comes the frog. He also jumped off the lily pad and started swimming along with the duck. The little bug joins the duck and the frog and starts floating in the water. As the snakes join them, they run away from the water, leaving the snake alone.
Let us now study the sounds made by the animals in the poem.
Duck - Quack
Frog - Glump gug
Bug - Chirp
Snake - Hiss
There are also other animals that we see around us. Let us make a list of those animals and the sound they make.
Dog - Woof
Cat - Meow
Pig - Oink
Horse - Neigh
Tiger - Roar
Cow - Moo
Goat - Baa
Animals and The Sound They Make
The poem is about the animals that visited the pond having a lily pad and playing together. But as the snake joined them, they all fled because they got scared. The snake was then lonely and played by himself.
1. Name some sea animals.
Some of the sea animals are:
2. Why did all the animals run away as the red snake came into the water?
All the animals ran away because they were scared of the snake. They feared the snake might eat them.
3. What is a lily pad?
Lily pad is the leaves of the flower lily. They float on the surface of the water.