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K-Gr 2-Abby's parents have always said no to a family pet-but what about a class pet? A temporary pet. A compromise. It comes home for a day or two and then returns to school. Once Abby convinces her parents, she finds it even harder to convince her teacher, who insists that caring for a duck (yes, a class duck named Max) is no easy task. Ducks have certain demands and only children in the proper environment may take them home. Abby works tirelessly for hours to make things just right-and to be sure she beats her weird neighbor Noah to the punch. With much persistence and determination she is finally allowed to take Max home. But then, after all that, she loses him. During the search for him, an unexpected friendship forms between Abby and Noah. Winning pencil drawings enliven and add humor to this simple story. Unfortunately, the characters are not developed well enough to create a foreseeable following. An additional purchase suitable for those looking to expand their short-chapter-book collections for emerging readers.-Karinn Figdore, William Penn Charter School, Philadelphia, PAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Keeping to the theme of old concepts in new guises, the sweet story recounted in Meg McKinlay's DUCK FOR A DAY gives us the eternal tension between pet-crazy children and pet-averse parents... This gentle chapter book for children ages 7-11 turns on the question of whether Abby, with her fastidious parents, or Noah, with his messy ones, will have the joy of hosting Max, the class duck, for one long delicious overnight...Leila Rudge sprinkles the pages with amusing drawings of the wide-faced human characters and the wide-bottomed duck. When things go awry (as they must) and Max vanishes from Abby's house, it takes all of her and Noah's ingenuity and mimicry to get him back safely.
—Wall Street Journal

A fresh take on a perennially appealing topic—the class pet... Appropriately for its audience, this early chapter book features an open and accessible layout, with frequent pencil illustrations that enhance the humor, help propel the action, and even occasionally add to characterization. Max may be a temporary visitor, but new readers will want to take DUCK FOR A DAY home on a more permanent basis.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 4
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (February 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763657840
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763657840
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #927,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Zeldie Stuart on March 22, 2012
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This book is absolutely wonderful in many regards. It is hard to find "chapter" books for children when they are ready to give up simple children's books. Many are just too long, too wordy, or have no pictures at all. This book gets into the story right away, stays interesting and exciting and just the right pictures. The story is just the right level of sophistication and wit for all children. And it has many lovely lessons to be learned. A good discussion can follow or just enjoy the book for the story. The best children's book I have bought this year and I buy many many books.
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McKinlay, an Australian writer, covers well-trod ground--a girl wants to bring home the class pet--but she does so with great finesse and with a delightful twist--the class pet is a duck. Abby isn't allowed to have pets--they're messy and her mom is a bit of a neat freak. Last year, however, she brought home the class rabbit and this year her mom grudgingly will let her take home Max, the duck Abby's teacher surprises the class with one day. But not just anyone gets Max as a houseguest, only those who can provide the perfect aquatic environment. As Mrs. Melvino, their teacher, says more than once, "A duck is different. A duck has demands." Meeting these demands proves almost impossible for Abby and her classmates. Add to Abby's challenges, Noah, her next door neighbor and chief rival, and you have the perfect ingredients for an engrossing read.

The book is expertly plotted and the characters well-drawn and endearing. When obstacles are put in her path, Abby doesn't whinge or whine, she sets out to overcome them. Noah, in his quest to get the duck, comes into his own, changing from a shy, withdrawn boy to a self-confident one. And Mrs. Melvino is a hoot, a teacher who puts so many roadblocks in the class quest to win Max that careful readers will begin to wonder if she has ulterior motives. Leila Rudge's cartoonish illustrations enhance the text and add many comic touches. A delightful book!
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I honestly think this is one of the best books for paired reading my daughter and I have found in quite a while. She is in 3rd grade but reads at an early 4th grade level. I'm not sure about the level of this book exactly, but the sentences are put together in unexpected ways so she had to really look at the words, not just predict. And it is very clever and unique. So.... I'd read one chapter, she'd read the next. Some nights when she was feeling especially tired and it just seemed more challenging than it needed to be, I'd read one page and she'd read the next.

We checked this out from our local library, but I'm buying it for other 2nd and 3rd-graders on my shopping list. My daughter liked it so much she wants to find other books by the author.
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So much fun! We loved every second of this wonderful book!

Synopsis: Mrs. Melvino has something completely new. Completely odd. Completely fascinating.

A duck. A pet duck.

Hmmm. Don't classroom pets usually get to go home with the class? Mrs. Melvino says yes... If they are able to provide the proper environment. Who will be the first to get the duck?
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I've read this book aloud to my 2 and 5 year old twice now. They request it often, it makes them giggle and they can sit through several chapters with no wiggles. They love the humor and the lovely pencil drawings throughout. It's a great story for them, and one I don't mind reading multiple times. Glad I picked this up!
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