A story in sing-song verse reveals facts about the life cycle of a bird in this book in the My First Look at series.
Quill & QuireThis clever format provides two levels of text: one a simple story for quite young readers, and another, under the flap, a more involved scientific lesson.
From the PublisherThis clever format provides two levels of text: one a simple story for quite young readers, and another, under the flap, a more involved scientific lesson.
Children's Literature - Marilyn CourtotSubtitled "My First Look at the Life Cycle of an Duck," Hickman has done a wonderful job introducing natural science. Using a cumulative text that follows the "This is the house that Jack built" format, the details from mating to egg development, hatching, and full growth are presented and easily remembered. The full page illustrations and page foldouts introduce a host of facts. Kids will be fascinated to learn that ducks, geese and pheasants are precocial--fully developed and ready to feed themselves within a few hours of hatching. Most other birds are altricial and require parental care. The last page contains a note to parents with more facts and several activities. The note would also be of value to elementary school teachers and homeschoolers. Hickman and Collins have created a really excellent early science book. Others in the series are A New Frog, A New Butterfly, A Seed Grows and Hungry Animals.
School Library JournalPreS-K-Cumulative stories that present the life cycles of their subjects. In Duck, a young boy observes the nesting habits of a pair of mallards and the hatching and growth of their ducklings. The second book looks at the life of a frog from conception to adulthood as seen by a little girl on her visits to the edge of a pond. Both books feature soft-colored illustrations on each two-page spread. Simple descriptions of the life cycles are on the outside of a flap; underneath are more detailed explanations of what is going on in a particular developmental stage with an additional picture or two. The suggested activities for parents at the end of the books would work as well for early childhood teachers. Acceptable introductions to the world of nature.-Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus ReviewsThis modest, agreeable entry in the My First Look At series shows the life cycle of a mallard duck nesting in an urban park. The text is cumulative, so the line on the first page, "This is the park where Paul plays," is echoed on the second, "These are the ducks that swim in the park where Paul plays." In the spring the ducks arrive; they grow all summer long, and fly away in the autumn. Listeners will enjoy the spare, rhythmic telling, while the softly colored drawings of Paul, a shaggy-haired preschooler, are appealing. Additional information, obviously aimed at older readers or for adults to share with children, appears under the flap on each page. (Picture book. 4-7)
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