A Paddling of Ducks: Animals in Groups from A to Z

A Paddling of Ducks: Animals in Groups from A to Z

by Marjorie Blain Parker, Joseph Kelly

View All Available Formats & Editions

Loaded with visual jokes and puns, a joyous and gently surreal celebration of animals in groups, from Ants to Zebras.See more details below

  • Checkmark Peanut Butter & Cupcake Only $7.99 with the Purchase of Any Kids' Book  Shop Now


Loaded with visual jokes and puns, a joyous and gently surreal celebration of animals in groups, from Ants to Zebras.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Some of the intriguing names of collective nouns are presented in alphabetical order, beginning with "An army of Ants" and "A sloth of Bears," through "A band of Gorillas" and "A blast of Hippos," "A bed of Oysters" and "ostentation of Peacocks," to "A swarm of Yellow Jackets" and "A herd of Zebras." Each group name claims a single or double page, leaving lots of room for Kelly's imagination to involve his naturalistic but anthropomorphic characters in some unusually humorous enterprise: quails ride motor scooters; wolves play chess while watching a nest of vipers play with the ducks that seem to intrude throughout; a mob of kangaroos in blue t-shirts watch koalas play soccer, and so forth. Oils, acrylics, "and the occasional pixel" are employed to overload each scene with creatures and props in natural settings. Despite the humor, the names are all accurate. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—In this simple ABC book, each letter is represented by a group of animals and the collective noun associated with them. For example, A is for "an army of ants" has an illustration of many ants eating an aardvark's doughnut. The illustrations of the various creatures are vivid and detailed. The crocodiles sport sun bonnets and sunglasses, the "skulk of foxes" wears T-shirts and jewelry, the band of gorillas wears costumes and plays various instruments, and the troop of uakaris feasts on popsicles. Attractive, but additional.—Katie Cerasale-Messina, AC Whelan Elementary School, Revere, MA
Publishers Weekly
This ABC book provides a delightfully offbeat introduction to collective nouns, featuring groups of animals at a Riviera-like resort locale with palm trees and a seaside Ferris wheel. An “army of Ants” closes in on an anteater's doughnuts (he's too busy with his laptop and coffee to notice), while a “bloat of Hippos” work out on exercise bikes. Even better than learning some of the unusual ways to refer to multiple animals is the way Kelly's soft-focus oil and acrylic paintings riff on the terms themselves. Thus, a “gang of Elk” and “skulk of Foxes” look appropriately rowdy, and a “labor of Moles” in hardhats are seen doing excavation work. The anthropomorphic animals feel anatomically authentic, but with exaggerated joie de vivre to spare. Ages 4–7. (Mar.)

Read More

Product Details

Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date:
Sales rank:
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.40(d)
80L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Marjorie Blain Parker is the author of Jasper's Dayand A Paddling of Ducks. Over the years, she and her family have shared their home with a banana king snake, a hamster, numerous fish and two ducks.

Joseph Kelly is a commercial and industrial artist. He is illustrator of the Martin Bridge series of chapter books and A Paddling of Ducks. He lives in Sonoma, California.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network


Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >