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Mallard Duck at Meadow View Pond - a Smithsonian's Backyard Book (Mini book) Hardcover – September 1, 2001

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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

reschool-Grade 3--Mallard Duck at Meadow View Pond follows the first season of a newly hatched mallard and his family. From his first swim on the second day of his life and his first meals of water fleas, mayflies and aquatic plants, to his early encounters with hawks and snapping turtles, young mallard matures under the warm spring sun. With the coming of summer, he and his siblings begin to lose their soft brown feathers. As fall approaches, the brood is mature and ready to test their wings. Wendy Pfeffer's descriptive text captures the habitat and clearly explains the development of the ducklings. At times the text is challenging for beginning readers, introducing such terms as clutch, plumage, preen, and iridescent. The luminescent paintings by Taylor Oughton bring the duck's pond world to life. The light and color of the art is beautiful. The accompanying cassette is well narrated and includes realistic sounds that bring alive the duck's world. Many young children are exposed to a plethora of humorous duck tales by the time they reach school, but this realistic story will put them in touch with the natural world of mallard ducks and the wildlife that surrounds them.
Emily Herman, Mary Lin Elementary School, Atlanta, GA
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Reviewed with Kathleen M. Hollenbeck's Islands of Ice.

Ages 4-8. Illustrated with attractive, realistic paintings, these titles in the Smithsonian Backyard series follow their animal subjects through a year, from birth to independence. Although classified as fiction, the series' focus is on the facts, not the stories. Zeroing in on one animal, each spread offers information about the birth process, diet, parenting, and development of new skills. The art brings readers up close to the animals and their worlds: children see the ducks at pond level, for example. Neither book shies away from the dangers of predators and the harsh realities of separating from a parent; in fact, Islands draws these aspects out a bit too long and tends toward unnecessarily flowery prose in places. But Mallard offers a well-balanced read, and both books introduce basic animal facts in an engaging, memorable format. For larger collections. Gillian Engberg
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Series: Smithsonian's Backyard
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Soundprint; Mini edition (September 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568999577
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568999579
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6 x 4.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #972,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Wendy Pfeffer has written several other books for children,including From Tadpole to Frog and What's It Like to Be a Fish? both illustrated by Holly Keller. Ms. Pfeffer lives in Pennington, NJ. Holly Keller has illustrated Let's Go Rock Collecting by Roma Gans and You're Aboard Spaceship Earth by Patricia Lauber, as well as her own books starring Horace and Geraldine. Ms. Keller lives in West Redding, CT.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stay at home mom to three toddlers on July 12, 2010
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We now own this entire series and I love them all. I like that they are non-fiction while still telling a story (not all facts) my kids are 4 and 2 and can sit through them.
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By grandmacc on April 21, 2013
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I bought this book to use with my class on a lesson about Mallard Ducks.........but when they said it was a mini book, they were not kidding. This book is too small to read comfortably.......I only wish they had made a bigger version, because the story is good. It follows the birth of the ducklings into the fall when it is time to migrate. The information is great and the pictures are too.
My biggest complaint is that the size of the book prohibits easy reading to a group of children.
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I purchased this book as a gift to accompany a plush mallard duck. Of all the "duck" books that I examined, this one had the text and illustrations for my purposed.
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