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Fluffy and Baron Hardcover – June 8, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Lexile Measure: 600L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dial; Complete Numbers Starting with 1, 1st Ed edition (June 8, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803729537
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803729537
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #539,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1–One summer day, someone new waddled into Baron's life. Her name was Fluffy. And so begins this sweet story about the friendship between a German shepherd and a duckling. Baron comes to love her and is bereft when spring comes and she joins the wild ducks on the pond. After they leave and Fluffy's ducklings hatch, Baron is delighted to share with them all. Children will be captivated by the lush illustrations. The animals, realistically rendered in acrylic and ink, look ready to jump off the page, and the expressions on Baron's face, which range from curious to unsure to sad to delighted, are priceless. The book is beautifully designed, with the mix of full-bleed spreads, spot art, and full-page illustrations adding interest and moving the story along nicely. The lifelike farm and country backdrops and use of motion add to the visual appeal of the book. While there is nothing new here, and the text is unexceptional and occasionally saccharine, libraries looking for more books on friendship and sharing will find a ready audience for this attractive offering. Accessible to beginning readers, it will also be popular in storyhours.–Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT
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From Booklist

The author of Handmade Alphabet (1991) and Swan Harbor (2003) turns her attention to personal childhood pets: Fluffy, a domesticated Pekin duck; and Baron, a long-haired German shepherd. Fluffy and Baron have an idyllic friendship. They share food and sleeping quarters, play together, and stay close during the cold winter months. When spring arrives, Fluffy is drawn to a pond where some wild ducks have come to rest. Baron is saddened by the loss of his companion, but he faithfully stays nearby while Fluffy builds a nest and hatches nine ducklings. Her motherly duties complete, Fluffy and her brood return to the barn, where Baron loyally waits. Rankin's realistic acrylics-and-ink illustrations, rich in earth tones, are particularly successful in depicting Baron's emotions and background details. An appended note includes information about duck behavior and two photos of Rankin and her pets. A natural choice for story hours focusing on friendship as well as for lap sharing. Kay Weisman
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The text was great, as were the illustrations.
Marci Twain
The illustrations, also by the author, are soft and gentle, and you can clearly see the friendship between the two animals, even without the text.
Karen G.
My 3 yr old Grandson loves this book and so do I .
L. Mclott

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marci Twain on January 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
A lovely story. It was a joy to read and to look at the pictures. The text was great, as were the illustrations. There were 26 scenes and many of them were less than a page, but some were 2 pages wide.

The story was about a dog and a domesticated duck that got along well together. For a bit of the story the duck had wild duck "guests" and the dog was left alone during that time. But by the end of the story the guests have left and the dog has more than one duck as a friend.

My favorite part of the book was the Author's Note at the end where she explains a little about the history behind the story and its star characters. I'm sure this book will be very popular with young children and they will enjoy having it read to them time and time again. 5 stars!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
In Fluffy and Baron by Laura Rankin, the story is about friendship, and that it doesn't matter if you look different, you still can be kind to each other. I learned from this book that you can be friends with anyone, even if you're different. Read and find out if Fluffy and Baron become good friends...Thomas J.
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This book is a biographical account of the friendship between the author's pet dog and pet duck. What first drew me to this book was the illustrations. The dog's face is so expressive, and his poses are very natural. The story follows Baron, a German Shepherd, and Fluffy, a Pekin duck, through a year of their friendship. That year includes Fluffy growing from a duckling to a full-grown duck, who then gives birth to more ducklings.

The illustrations, also by the author, are soft and gentle, and you can clearly see the friendship between the two animals, even without the text. The text itself is simple and comfortable, fraught with feelings of home and friendship. It's a quiet book that is perfect for bedtime reading.

The author includes a note at the end of the book that gives some interesting facts about ducks, and includes pictures of the author as a child with the original Fluffy and Baron.
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My three-year-old and I love this book. The story is simple and sweet, but it allows jumping off points for discussion of friendship issues, if you want to go there (Fluffy the duck leaves Baron alone for a while to hang out with other friends; Baron seems lonely; Fluffy comes back but is distracted with her new project; that turns out to be okay, because her project produces ducklings = more friends!) The illustrations are realistic and very pretty. We both love the page at the very end that says it's based on a true story (as a child, the author had a duck named Fluffy and a dog named Baron -- shown in black-and-white photos) -- that part has led us to have conversations about authors, writing books, telling stories, etc.
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This charming story is about welcoming new friends we might be shy or even reluctant about at first and learning to share..Baron is at first not at all happy about the baby duckling, Fluffy, who cheerfully attaches to him..getting in to all his stuff..including swimming in his water bowl but in no time they are best buddies sharing and enjoying everything together. After a brief separation when Fluffy lays, tends and hatches nine eggs, the happy pair are reunited with their expanded "family" of the nine little one's. Lovely illustrations and wonderful expressions on Baron's face.
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By L. Mclott on March 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Great story of a friendship between a German Shepherd and a duck named Fluffy . Fluffy strolls into Barons life when he is a young duckling and their friendship grows even to the point of Fluffy sleeps with Baron and then Fluffy makes friends with other ducks and goes on to have little ones whom of course makes friends with Baron the dog .

Great story for Easter . My 3 yr old Grandson loves this book and so do I .
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By John Fischer on June 22, 2014
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I bought this for my brother to read to his new grand baby as he had a German Shepard named Baron when he was a young boy.
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I love the book, but it didn't look new to me. I was a little disappointed in the condition of the book. i feel the description was not completely accurate.
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