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Rosalie, My Rosalie: The Tale of a Duckling Hardcover – April 12, 2005

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Grade 2-4–In this warmhearted beginning chapter book, eight-year-old Henry has a craving for someone or something to call her own, whether it is a kitten, a horse, or a little sister. Her dream comes true when her father rescues a baby duck. The duckling is named the most beautiful name that Henry knows, Rosalie. Despite educating herself on the specific needs and behaviors of ducks, she soon learns that taking care of one is not easy. She is confronted with ducky temper tantrums, house training, and eventually the unavoidable of what to do when Rosalie grows up. An affectionate story with large print, black-and-white illustrations, short chapters, and an easy-to-follow story line.– Christine McGinty, Newark Public Library, NY
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Gr. 2-4. A girl named Henry, blessed with very patient parents, becomes the caretaker of a duckling that has been spared from the slaughterhouse. Called Rosalie, the duck becomes harder to care for as it gets older. The nearby nature center can't keep her, because the wild ducks reject her, but an ideal arrangement soon presents itself. In an ending that may be too corny even for the book's target readership, Henry, Henry's new baby brother, and Rosalie come together in a group cuddle. Mitchard throws in such concepts as vegetarianism and imprinting as she tells the story, but mostly this is about attachment and letting go, a sweet but unsurprising tale that will appeal to young or struggling readers charmed by animals and nature. Abby Nolan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 880L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (April 12, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060722193
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060722197
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,727,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jacquelyn Mitchard was born in Chicago. Her first novel, The Deep End of the Ocean, was published in 1996, becoming the first selection of the Oprah Winfrey Book Club and a number one New York Times bestseller. Eight other novels, four children's books and six young adult novels followed, including The Midnight Twins, Still Summer, All We Know of Heaven, and The Breakdown Lane. A former daily newspaper reporter, Mitchard now is a contributing editor for Parade Magazine, and frequently writes for such publications as More magazine and Real Simple. Her essays and short stories have been widely anthologized. An adjunct professor in the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program at Fairfield University, she lives in Wisconsin with her husband and their nine children

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By Lynne Z on January 31, 2006
Format: Hardcover
My second grade daughter loves this book and I like it too. It is well written and funny. Recommended!
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By MKG on July 29, 2014
Format: Hardcover
A great book! Very well written, engaging story. My seven year old loved it! And so did I.
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