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  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Llumina Press (April 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160594341X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605943411
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.3 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: #5,658,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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" 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.

More About the Author

Mother and grandmother ... passionate about native gardens, birds, wildlife and collies ... author, artist, columnist and believer in fairies ...

Maria lives in a charming little hamlet on the magnificent East End of Long Island. Deer, turkeys, pheasants, egrets, herons, squirrels, opossums and, of course, glorious wild birds, brilliant in their feathered plumage, call her native wildlife garden home. Maria's garden is certified by the National Wildlife Federation as a "Backyard Wildlife Habitat" and also by Monarch Watch as a "Monarch Waystation" and has been on display in several East End garden tours.

Although Maria delights in her garden, her greatest joy comes from her three sons and from her four adorable grandchildren.

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

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"Maria's Duck Tales" will transport you there effortlessly.
Leigh Gilleaux
Kindness,with an effort to understand and help those creatures with whom we share our space...and the happiness it can bring us, is what it's all about.
Anne S. Olsen
I felt like I was right there with her, her dog, and her furred and feathered friends.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. L. Needham, Author on December 1, 2012
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leigh Gilleaux on January 16, 2013
Format: Paperback
In the midst of chaos, of noise, of frantic busyness, of technological wizardry, how we need a "place" of beauty and peace. "Maria's Duck Tales" will transport you there effortlessly. Maria Daddino has written a lovely little collection of vignettes describing her interaction with the natural world--with ducks and dogs, with birds and flowers. Often we are blinded to the beauty around us by the heartaches of everyday life. Maria takes the time to "see" and learn about the incredible environment we are privileged to occupy--and she does it with grace and wisdom. As you read her delightful stories, you will yearn to visit her and experience for yourself, the dignity and peace Maria's "Garden of Eden" personifies. If you're in need of a mental/emotional respite, journey to "Maria's Duck Tales." You'll come away nourished and refreshed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Buster on September 21, 2012
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amy Edelman on May 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
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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