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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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #595,218 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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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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My 3 yr old Grandson loves this book and so do I .
L. Mclott
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.
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.
Marci Twain

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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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By Kim P. 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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By Sandra on April 2, 2014
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My daughter checked this book out from the library and was broken hearted that we had to return it. Our dog is a german Shepard so there is extra love for it. It is a great book
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The item is in pretty good condidtion as stated and is enjoyed very much by my children as well as our entire family. We have a German Shepherd that we love very much so we all love this special book and the beautiful artwork. The book was delivered in a timely fashion after ordered and again, came in good condition.
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By Rebekah on May 19, 2013
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Based on true characters. It is cute and educational. Good buy my children really like it. Would buy this author again.
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