Just Ducks! by Nicola Davies

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A young girl shares her observations about the mallards near her house in an engaging, informative story sure to make a splash with duck lovers.

Quack quack, Quack-quaack-quack.
It’s the first sound I hear every morning.

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.
 

About Nicola Davies

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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.
 
Published March 27, 2012 by Candlewick. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Children's Books.

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The pair begins by describing how the doubling of a creature’s length increases its surface area and cross-section (and therefore muscle power) by a factor of four and its weight and volume by a factor of eight—leading to such conclusions as, “That’s how ants can be stronger than humans!” They go...

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The loose and childlike pictures capture essential details: the “secret patch of blue on each wing” and the “cute little curl on their tails.” At the end of the day (and book), readers find “The bridge is quiet, and there’s just the sound of rushing water and the stillness of the night.” But the ...

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Davies's often humorous text and Layton's energetic illustrations demonstrate why humans don't have superpowers (“we'd need toes tens of thousands of times bigger than a gecko's to hold us on the ceiling”), and later spreads discuss the advantages and limitations of being very small or very big (...

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While there’s much to be said for interactive, hands-on learning, Davies’s (Talk, Talk, Squawk) young narrator builds an impressive body of knowledge about ducks simply by watching the birds that live on and around the river that runs through her town.

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Little kids would like this book because most little kids like ducks!

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The young girl in this story may live in the city, but outside her window there’s a river full of mallard ducks!

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