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Ducks Don't Get Wet Paperback – April 17, 1999

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From School Library Journal

PreKindergarten-Grade 1The subject here is ducks, and while this newly illustrated revised edition (Crowell, 1965) does examine their behavior, the primary focus is on preeningthe process by which ducks spread oil through their feathers to keep them waterproofand their search for food. The text is essentially the same as in the earlier edition except for a few minor word changes and the placement of a hands-on experiment. This edition also includes a warning against using wild bird feathers (illegal in some areas) for the experiment. The earlier edition featured illustrations by Leonard Kessler in a simple, cartoon style. This title includes watercolors that have more visual appeal and are more realistic. This is especially evident in the depiction of different duck species, which are now much more easily identifiable. A welcome addition that meets the growing demand for nonfiction titles for young readers.Arwen Marshall, New York Public Library
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This well-designed book from the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series introduces wild ducks: their diet, swimming prowess, migration habits, and preening, which allows them to swim and dive in water and to fly through rainstorms without getting wet. The text is well focused throughout and discusses the habits of several types of wild ducks, always returning to the book's main point, "ducks don't get wet." Notable for its clarity, subtlety, and beauty, the artwork illustrates the text with precision and imagination. In a scene showing a duck pursuing fish underwater, minor gradations in the hue and brushstroke of the predominantly grayish-green watercolors indicate the speed of the diving duck as well as the depth of the water. The illustrations, pencil drawings tinted with watercolor washed and highlighted with pastels, not only show the variety of types of ducks and their activities but also the changing landscape in different seasons and at different times of day. Best of all, they inspire a sense of awe in observing nature. The last pages offer activities related to the theme as well as lists of Web sites and picture-book stories about ducks. A unusually handsome addition to a reliable series. Carolyn Phelan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Lexile Measure: 660 (What's this?)
  • Series: Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; New Ill edition (April 17, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064451879
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064451871
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on April 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a good book about ducks. It tells about how ducks are waterproof and it has an experiment on how it works. It tells how far they can dive and what they eat. It tells how far the can fly and which ones migrate and which ones don't.
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I found this in an older, hardback book at a used curriculum sale. I got it for a buck. It looked pretty good as I skimmed thru it, and so home with me it came.

What's inside it (and another LR & FO book I got that day) is what hooked us on this series.

The illustrations in my book are different (being an older edition), but the content is the same. That content is thick with information about ducks - why they don't get wet, of course, but also 1) preening habits, 2) presents a number of species of ducks, 3) delves into the food preferences for each of those ducks, 4) diving abilities of ducks, and finally, 5) their migration, and why they do so each year.

Additionally, there is an experiment (love the hands-on stuff!) to show the 'why' behind why ducks don't get wet.

I whole-heartedly recommend "Why Ducks Don't Get Wet", and most of the other LR&FO Science Stage 1 Science Books. So much so that this has become what we've chosen for our kindergarten science curriculum, and what we plan on utilizing next year and the year after, with the Stage 2 books :)
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My daughter had loved this book when it first came out. The timeless story and info are great. It was more wordy than I remembered but still wonderful to have.
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