Just Ducks!

Just Ducks!


View All Available Formats & Editions
Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for guaranteed delivery by Thursday, July 25


"Pitch-perfect throughout, enthusiastic and confident. . . . Positively ducky all around." — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

The young girl in this story may live in the city, but outside her window there’s a river full of mallard ducks! She hears them as soon as she wakes up, and on the way to school she sees them upside down bobbing for food. Interspersed with fun facts, her enthusiastic commentary about her feathered neighbors — what they look like, how they behave, where they nest, where they sleep — pairs swimmingly with cheerful watercolor illustrations.
Back matter includes an index and a note about ducks.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763670511
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 02/25/2014
Series: Read and Wonder Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 266,703
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.10(d)
Lexile: AD800L (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Nicola Davies is a zoologist and the award-winning author of many books for children, including Surprising Sharks, illustrated by James Croft; Ice Bear: In the Steps of the Polar Bear, illustrated by Gary Blyth; and White Owl, Barn Owl, illustrated by Michael Foreman. Nicola Davies lives in Wales.

Salvatore Rubbino is the author-illustrator of A Walk in New York and A Walk in London, the latter of which is an ode to his home city.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

Just Ducks! 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
ChatWithVera More than 1 year ago
Just Ducks! by Nicola Davies and illustrated by Salvatore Rubbino This is a delightful picture book featuring Mallard ducks as they quack their way through the day with a little girl who awakens to their quacks. This isn't really about the little girl - she is simply the witness of everything Just ducks! The reader will learn why some ducks have louder quacks and how to tell a boy duck from a girl duck. This is a "nature storybook" in that it tells a story but it has also informative bits about ducks throughout the book - factual information. The story plot is in larger font than the bits of facts which are tucked into the sides and corners of the book's pages. After the little girl goes through her day from waking with the ducks, feeding them, and seeing them settle down for the night (as she does the same), we realize we have learned quite a lot about Just ducks! I think this book can be best understood by children - boys or girls - ages 4 through 7. However, even younger children can begin to enjoy duck's quacks and adventures through the day as they, too, quack with the ducks. I found the book interesting, informative, and appealing to the eyes in subdued colors complimentary to the coloration of the Mallard ducks themselves - greens, greys, browns. The illustrations are "childlike" without a lot of structure but very appealing and sweet. I found the gentle nudging of factual information appealing and believe it presents a wonderful learning opportunity for the young child. I recommend this to anyone desiring to read to children or to the young reader themselves - especially if they like Just Ducks! Disclosure: I was provided a complimentary copy of Just Ducks by the publisher Candlewick Press in exchange for my honest review.