A Paddling of Ducks: Animals in Groups from A to Z [NOOK Book]


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

  • ISBN-13: 9781894786362
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: NOOK Kids Read to Me
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: 80L (what's this?)
  • File size: 10 MB

Meet the Author

Marjorie Blain Parker is the author of Jasper's Day and 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.

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  • Posted May 20, 2010

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    With bright colors so vivid that they seem to throb, pulse on the pages artist Joseph Kelly presents animals in groups from A to Z. Not only are the animals portrayed in high beam hues, but they are also engaged in laugh provoking activities. For starters we find an ant with coffee cup and bagel at the ready working on his computer. Later, we find "A party of Jays" celebrating with a frosted cake evidently prepared by a smiling lizard chef.

    Author Parker brings us "A gang of elks" having a great time on skate boards, while "A labor of Moles" exhibit their industry in hard hats as one maneuvers a steam shovel. "A bed of Oysters" finds them enjoying the sea shore beneath beach umbrellas, and "A bevy of Quail" races around on motor scooters.

    A PADDLING OF DUCKS is a fun and imaginative way for young readers to familiarize themselves with the alphabet and animals.

    - Gail Cooke

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