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Children's LiteratureThe life of a mallard duck is told in colorful pages that increase in size as the ducklings grow. The first and smallest page begins with the adult birds sitting on the nest. The next pages show the embryo inside the egg, illustrate the hatching of the baby ducks, and describe their first few days. Large pages at the end provide facts about the ducks' existence and survival, concluding with the grown ducks laying eggs and sitting on their nests. Each double page spread contains basic information in the large print text. Additional facts are given through smaller-print labels and inserts on the pictures. A good introduction for the study of ducks. 2004, Northwood, Ages 5 to 8.
—Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.