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Duck for a Day Hardcover – February 28, 2012
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—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.
—The Horn Book
Top Customer Reviews
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 Noah, in his quest to get the duck, comes into his own, changing from a shy, withdrawn boy to a self-confident one.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!
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.
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?