Just ducks! (Read and Wonder) (#0601QM3)

by Davies, Nicola; illustrated by Rubbino, Salvatore

9 reviews & awards | 6 full-text reviews

Paperback Candlewick Press, 2014
Price: USD 8.73
Description: 25 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm.
Dewey: 598.4; Audience: Lower Elementary; Reading Level: 3.8
AR 4.1 LG .5 150696EN; RC 6.3 1; LEX AD800L; F&P N
From the publisher: Grades Pre-K/K-3; Ages 5-8
From Kirkus: Ages 4-7; PW: Ages 5-up; SLJ: Gr 1-3; read the full-text reviews


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Read and Wonder books combine science and story, take you on adventures, and reveal how big and wonder-full the natural world really is.

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Includes index. A young girl shares her observations about the mallard ducks that live down on the river.

From the Publisher
"Pitch-perfect throughout, enthusiastic and confident. . . . Positively ducky all around." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

The young girl in this story may live in the city, but outside her window there's a river full of mallard ducks! She hears them as soon as she wakes up, and on the way to school she sees them upside down bobbing for food. Interspersed with fun facts, her enthusiastic commentary about her feathered neighbors -- what they look like, how they behave, where they nest, where they sleep -- pairs swimmingly with cheerful watercolor illustrations.
Back matter includes an index and a note about ducks.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication Date: February 25, 2014
  • Format: Paperback
  • Series: Read and wonder
  • Edition: First U.S. paperback edition.
  • Dewey: 598.4
  • Classifications: Nonfiction
  • Description: 25 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm.
  • Tracings: Rubbino, Salvatore, 1970- illustrator.
  • ISBN-10: 0-7636-7051-0
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7636-7051-1
  • Follett Number: 0601QM3
  • Reading Level: 3.8
  • Audience: Lower Elementary
  • Grades: Pre-K/K-3
  • Ages: 5-8
  • Kirkus: Ages 4-7
  • Publishers Weekly: Ages 5-up
  • School Library Journal: Gr 1-3
  • ATOS Book Level: 4.1
  • AR Interest Level: LG
  • AR Points: .5
  • AR Quiz: 150696EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 6.3
  • Reading Counts Points: 1
  • Lexile: AD800L
  • Fountas & Pinnell: N

Reviews & Awards
  • ALA Notable Children's Books, 2013
  • Booklist starred, 03/15/12
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, 04/01/12
  • Horn Book Magazine, 11/01/12
  • Kirkus Reviews starred, 02/15/12
  • Library Media Connection, 10/01/12
  • Publishers Weekly starred, 01/16/12
  • School Library Journal starred, 03/01/12
  • Science Books & Films (AAAS), 01/01/13

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist starred (March 15, 2012 (Vol. 108, No. 14))
Grades K-3. Davies, a zoologist, seamlessly combines elements of fiction and nonfiction in this amiable picture book, in which a young girl tells about the mallard ducks living nearby. Each morning, she awakens to their increasingly loud quacking. As she crosses the bridge to school, she sees them swimming, dabbling for tidbits on water’s surface, and upending to reach food underwater. On her way home in winter, she stops to feed them pieces of bread. In addition to explaining what the ducks do at night, she touches on mating rituals, nesting, and how, in the spring, baby ducklings are hatched and led to the nearby river. The easygoing, colloquial tone of the text makes the information surprisingly easy to absorb. In addition to the main, large-print narrative, many pages include a line or two of information in small print, which could be read or ignored, depending on the age and interest of the child. Although the comment on preening could use a little more explanation, the others are clear and often vivid. Rubbino’s watercolor paintings have a wonderful freshness and spontaneity about them, capturing the look and body language of ducks while including details of physiology mentioned in the story. Beautiful, informative, and fine for reading aloud.

Taken from the Hardcover.

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