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Just Ducks! (Nature Storybooks) [Hardcover]

Nicola Davies , Salvatore Rubbino
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1 Mar 2012 Nature Storybooks (Book 42)
What do you know about ducks? I bet you know that they quack … a lot! Well, discover much more in this book that’s all about, well, just ducks! Learn all about which is a boy duck and which is a girl, why some quack louder and others softer. Find out what they eat when it is cold outside and where they perch their bottoms to sleep!

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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Walker (1 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406327395
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406327397
  • Product Dimensions: 25.3 x 27.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 863,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm a zoologist by training and by passion - I've been lucky enough to see all sorts of animals in all sorts of places - Sperm whales off Dominica, gibbons in NE India, orang utans and hornbills and proboscis monkeys in Borneo (and that was just last year). But I love the ravens and blackbirds, barn owls and badgers in my own patch in S Wales. All my books are about the natural world in some way. I want my readers to feel the same fizz of excitement about animals that I do.

I used to have a small holding with sheep and chickens and the World's Daftest Dog, Flint. Sometimes, whilst I was waiting for the last kids to filter into the school hall on school visits, I'd tell the ones in the front row stories about the things that happened on my little 'farm'- escaping sheep, cockerels that sat on eggs - and they laughed. And that's how the Silver Street Farm books were born. I giggled myself silly writing them, and I think my readers laugh too. I love making people laugh.

I also rather enjoy making my readers cry. You know you've scored a writing goal if someone's wiping their eyes when you read a book to them. My novels A Girl Called Dog and Rubbish Town Hero and the new one coming soon Whale Boy, all have tear jerking moments. It's not that I like to torture my readers its just that even quite little children sometimes have horrible things happen to them, and I want to be truthful about that in the stories I write. So there are dark and scary things in my novels, but also lots of fun although can't promise that my endings are 'and they all lived happily ever after'.

Last year 2012 I wrote six books. I'm rather proud of myself! So there's lots of new things coming in 2013. The Lion Who Stole My arm, based on a true story about man eating lions, from Mozambique, one about village- trampling elephants called the Elephant Road, also based on a true story. And a very special picture book called The Promise, about how one heart changing can change the world. I'll be doing lots of events this year - starting with the Imagine Festival at the South Bank in February and including a tour of schools in Carthage and New York in the US and the Hay Festival and May.

One of the big perks of my job is working with fantastic illustrators that make my words come alive. Mark Hearld did a stunning job with A First Book of Nature and he's working on another one of mine now. Emily Sutton's made micro life sparkle with her illustrations of my book Tiny, out soon. And Laura Carlin's pictures for The Promise are amazing.

When I'm not writing, I sing. Singing makes me super happy. Not sure how happy it makes the people who come to hear me! Oh yeah and I work in schools, meeting readers and having a lovely time - the best perk of all of being a children's writer is working with children.

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From spring right through to winter … there they are! Down on the river! Quack quuuack, Quack-quaack-quack…

About the Author

Nicola Davies is a zoologist and has produced and presented radio and TV programmes, including The Really Wild Show. She is the award-winning author of many successful titles for Walker Books, including the Nature Storybooks Ice Bear and White Owl, Barn Owl, non-fiction titles Poo, Gaia Warriors and the novel Home (shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award). Nicola lives in Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, Wales. www.nicola-davies.com

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3.0 out of 5 stars Neither a picture book or an information book 20 April 2013
Shortlisted for the 2013 Greenaway medal, this book doesn't know what it's aiming for. It's neither a picture book, although it has a sort of story; or an information book, although it has facts in small print dotted around the pages. The words are too hard for a child that would appreciate the story ,and the story too simple for one who would appreciate the information. Don't like the font and I'm not sure about the washed, muted illustratiions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 21 April 2012
By Debs
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I bought this book for my grandaughters who have recently emigrated to Melbourne, Australia with my daughter and son in law. The author dedicated this book to the school that I work at, my three girlies were frequent visitors to my workplace especially last year when we had hatched baby chicks. It seemed a fitting book to send them as an Easter gift. Thanks to Nicola for dedicating the book to Hyde Park Infant School.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book for kids to learn about ducks 20 April 2014
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My 2 1/2 year old grandson loves ducks. He's a little young for this book, but he did understand some of it. The book is great because it doesn't talk down to the kids. It has interesting facts and I enjoyed reading it to my grandson.
5.0 out of 5 stars for anyone curious about the natural world 20 July 2013
By Susan Golden - Published on Amazon.com
You don't have to love ducks (though I do) to enjoy this enchanting informative book about birds many of us see often but don't always watch carefully. As in all Ms. Davies' books, we learn a lot from the large type information and the further information in small type. The illustrations are lively watercolors, true to the ducks coloring and surroundings. It was a clever idea to use a young girl who sees ducks every day to narrate as it involves readers easily. Even though it is a short picture book it has an index and some information about the mallards which are illustrated, always a plus. Fun for the very young and and those who read to them.
5.0 out of 5 stars Bird lovers should buy this book 25 May 2013
By Chickenlittle - Published on Amazon.com
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If you have a child in your life who is interested in birds then you need to get this book. This story is about a little girl who lives near ducks and educates the reader in a very entertaining way. The illustrations are great and remind me of The Swan Boats at the Boston Garden. The text is simple and informative. You learn about preening, upending, and dabbling, as well as other interesting facts about Mallard ducks. This book should be in every Birder's home library.
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 maggie 11 Jan 2013
By Thomas T. Wilheit - Published on Amazon.com
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It looks like what I was expecting. I bought it based on the review in "Science". I think my granddaughter will love it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect For Bird Lovers 2 Jan 2013
By Abigail M Ehn - Published on Amazon.com
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Our son loves birds of all kinds. This book is a cute little story about a girl and the ducks outside her window. I especially love the new vocab words like "preening" and the definition that follows. What a great way to teach kids.
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