All Night near the Water

All Night near the Water

by Jim Arnosky
     
 

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"When mother mallard takes her 12 ducklings to spend their first night near the water, the ducklings are more interested in all that the night shows them…than in safely resting under their mother's wings." —Booklist "As in McCloskey's Make Way for Ducklings, an aura of security pervades the simple, descriptive text and lovely art here, making this a

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"When mother mallard takes her 12 ducklings to spend their first night near the water, the ducklings are more interested in all that the night shows them…than in safely resting under their mother's wings." —Booklist "As in McCloskey's Make Way for Ducklings, an aura of security pervades the simple, descriptive text and lovely art here, making this a wonderful introduction to wildlife observation." — Kirkus Reviews

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Through limpid watercolors and tender prose, Arnosky (Every Autumn Comes the Bear; Otters Under Water) magnifies a routine moment in nature until it assumes exceptional proportions. A mother mallard leads her dozen ducklings ``around the shoreline weeds, through a driftwood maze'' to a sandbar, where the whole family will spend its first night away from the nest. While the mother settles for the night, the wakeful ducklings find plenty of thrills-the sounds of frogs, the flitting of bats, the flickering of fireflies. Finally, the mallard softly calls her young, ``covers them with her wings and presses them against her sides.'' The tale turns from bedtime story to reveille as the sun rises and the ducklings dip into the lake for a morning swim. A polished, surely paced presentation. Ages 3-6. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
PreS-A mother mallard leads her ducklings from their nest on a first trip to the lake, where they play on and explore a sandbar, then cuddle safely beneath her wings until morning. Arnosky's talent lies in his ability to reproduce a scene from his naturalist's-eye view, which allows others to see and feel his own sense of wonder and excitement. The composition and coloring of each borderless watercolor painting, his technique of shading and blending color, and his use of light provide further evidence of his fine artistic ability. In fact, the illustrations greatly overshadow the simple text, which lacks the brevity and poetic style evident in Deer at the Brook (Lothrop, 1986), in which Arnosky achieved a perfect meld of text and artwork. Nevertheless, All Night Near the Water provides another lovely introductory glimpse at the natural world for the very young.-Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780698115651
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
01/04/1999
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.02(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

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