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Maria's Duck Tales: Wildlife Stories From My Garden Paperback – April 22, 2011

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Editorial Reviews


" Congratulations on your placement in the competition. A very touching book, one that can be appreciated by readers of all ages." - Bruce Haring, Los Angeles Book Festival

"The author's sense of humor abounds ... she respects and admires the creatures around her that touch her life, and communicates both their charm and her fascination with them ... this is a polished and impressive book." - Reviewed by Stephanie D. for Readers Favorite

From the Author

Maria writes a weekly community column, "From Fourth Neck," for the Western Edition of The Southampton Press. Her essays have appeared in The Press Box in both the Eastern and Western editions of The Southampton Press, as well as in The Press of Manorville and Moriches. Her wildlife stories have also appeared in the South Shore Monthly, the Great South Bay Magazine and In the Eyes of the Wild: An Anthology of Wildlife Poetry and Short Stories.

Maria, a passionate gardener and wildlife enthusiast, invites and welcomes all wildlife into her garden. Her extensive native and natural garden, certified as a wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation, has been on display in several East End garden tours.

Maria lives in East Quogue with her collie Christie, her parrot Pablo and all of her "wild-friends.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Llumina Press (April 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160594341X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605943411
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,659,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Having just finished reading, and enjoying . . . "Maria's Duck Tales", I am amazed how this book works on so many levels.

First, if you are a city dweller, then you can take a vicarious trip to the edge of town, where the city folk meet country folk--and critters. You can get to know and experience the amazing variety of nature's creatures that share our habitat with us, yet are so often overlooked or taken for granted.

Second, if you are one of the lucky country folk, who is already surrounded by nature's creatures, then most likely you have taken them for granted. Or worst, considered them annoying pests for whatever reasons you get annoyed. Yet, this delightful book reveals to anyone with a heart that each of God's little creatures are individuals in their own right, with personality and needs, just like us. Their stories, and so much more, are brought forth by the author in tale after tale that will amuse, delight, frighten, and yes . . . even sadden; when you realize that nature always has her plan, for each of us . . . and she will not be denied in the end.

Third, even if you are the most ardent animal lover and bird-watcher-feeder, this wonderful collection of "Duck Tales" reveals how much more there is to their world. You will learn by observing the creatures that your life is enriched by coming to "know" them as friends, and yes, even family, as adopted pets and those we take into our care often become.

And, as if this were not enough, there is a fourth level to these stories. The devoted passion, regard, and care showered on these creatures by the author goes beyond wishing them well, and providing a variety of food handouts.
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A collection of stories about the ducks that lived in the author's backyard and taught her about Mother Nature's hope and heartbreak.

Author Maria Daddino writes about her Penataquit Creek home and garden, which became a temporary home to many creatures. As the title states, many of the stories revolve around Daddino's endearing duck visitors, like Peanuts and Patches her Muscovy ducks, and a tearful story about their encounter with a red fox. However, Daddino also opened her home to swans, ducks and geese, as observed ospreys and opossums. Her descriptions of the animals are vivid as well as educational, detailing habitats and behavior of the animals:

"What I didn't know was that opossums shared their world with the dinosaurs

and that their babies are so small when they are born that twenty can fit into one

teaspoon, a discovery which made me realize that most of the members of my new

little opossum family were already teenagers!

The book, which includes elegant color pencil illustrations by Steve Ensign, begins with Daddino describing how she grew up in Brooklyn always had "a profound love for Mother Earth," and was thrilled when she discovered her dream community "that cherished the bounty of the land and the opulence of its wildlife." Here, Daddino began to work on her garden that would invite swans, geese and ducks that would become friends to Daddino and teach her about all the aspects of Mother Nature.
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Reviewed by Joana James for Readers Favorite

Maria's Duck Tales is lovely little book filled with stories that warm the heart, make you want to laugh and sometimes cry. This is a record of one woman's experiences as she cares for the loveable wildlife in her own back yard. The ducks, geese, squirrels and dogs that called her yard home all had a story to tell. I was easily transported into Maria's world. I could envision angry geese honking trying to protect their nest and anxious little baby ducks pecking at her legs for "duck soup". I think it's remarkable that one person could open up their world to wild life and then share that world with the rest of us. Even the "war" for her vegetable garden warmed my heart and I was happy when she found a suitable solution.

Maria's Duck Tales is well written, well balanced, well illustrated and an excellent read. The stories flow nicely and I even found myself recognising the animal's names. I cheered them on when they were sick and hoped that she'd find the ones who were lost. This book was quite enjoyable and would make an excellent read for a leisure afternoon. I'm sure many animal lovers would be happy to hear the tales of her furry and feathery friends. I'm happy that this lady found a way to live alongside nature and even help it along. Perhaps this book will inspire others to do the same. I highly recommend this book.
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This collection of short tales reveals the patience and love the author has for the wild creatures that have made her homes sanctuaries for both human and non-human friends alike. Some readers might fear that she anthropomorphizes the ducks and other wildlife that, through her repeated encounters over the years, have come to be familiar personalities and a great source of entertainment for her, given her penchant for naming them and identifying their personal quirks or speculating on their desires. However, the author reveals in glimpses how much she has researched the nature and needs of these creatures, in her very brief forays into , for example, relatively unknown facts about opossums (they eat snail and slugs and are "nature's sanitation engineers"!) or the reluctant but firm decision to intervene only when in the best interests of the animal, ever mindful these are not pets, but wild creatures. In the end, the collection turns out to be a sweet and lively introduction to a small community of wildlife that shared her home, and an excellent reminder that the world is full of more than men. That her wild home lay so close to a major metropolis is surprising, and hopeful. Recommended as a light, enjoyable read!
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