BN.com Gift Guide

Mallard Duck at Meadow View Pond (Smithsonian's Backyard Series)

Sending request ...

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
It is spring at Meadow View Pond and mallard hen patiently sits on her nest of creamy tan eggs. The young ducklings use their egg tooth like a hammer to tap their way out of the shells. They have much to learn as they grow up on the pond, including how to avoid the dangers that lurk there. Their mother uses quick thinking to save them from a snapping turtle and a diving hawk. By September they have grown into their adult plumage and soon, they will migrate south to find mates of their own. Glorious full-color paintings accompany this simple tale of the life cycle of mallard ducks. This is part of the "Smithsonian's Backyard" series that is designed to educate children about the habits of wildlife commonly found in their own backyards. The last page includes facts about the mallard duck, a glossary and points of interest. This would make a wonderful classroom resource for a unit about ponds and pond life. A companion audiocassette and stuffed animal toy is also available. 2001, Soundprints, $15.95. Ages 5 to 9. Reviewer: Cheryl Peterson
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-Mallard Duck at Meadow View Pond follows the first season of a newly hatched mallard and his family. From his first swim on the second day of his life and his first meals of water fleas, mayflies and aquatic plants, to his early encounters with hawks and snapping turtles, young mallard matures under the warm spring sun. With the coming of summer, he and his siblings begin to lose their soft brown feathers. As fall approaches, the brood is mature and ready to test their wings. Wendy Pfeffer's descriptive text captures the habitat and clearly explains the development of the ducklings. At times the text is challenging for beginning readers, introducing such terms as clutch, plumage, preen, and iridescent. The luminescent paintings by Taylor Oughton bring the duck's pond world to life. The light and color of the art is beautiful. The accompanying cassette is well narrated and includes realistic sounds that bring alive the duck's world. Many young children are exposed to a plethora of humorous duck tales by the time they reach school, but this realistic story will put them in touch with the natural world of mallard ducks and the wildlife that surrounds them.-Emily Herman, Mary Lin Elementary School, Atlanta, GA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568999616
  • Publisher: Palm Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Series: Smithsonian's Backyard Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)