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One Duck

Overview

Hazel Hutchins, the popular, award-winning author, has written a story about one man and one duck -- not a nature-conquering scenario, but a tale of human compassion and caring for the creatures with whom we share the earth. Hazel tells the story in a soft, rhythmic style, matched perfectly by Ruth Ohi's illustrations.

A farmer and father of four sets out to plow his field at dawn in early spring. On the ground, hidden perfectly in a down-lined hollow, a young duck has built her...

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Overview

Hazel Hutchins, the popular, award-winning author, has written a story about one man and one duck -- not a nature-conquering scenario, but a tale of human compassion and caring for the creatures with whom we share the earth. Hazel tells the story in a soft, rhythmic style, matched perfectly by Ruth Ohi's illustrations.

A farmer and father of four sets out to plow his field at dawn in early spring. On the ground, hidden perfectly in a down-lined hollow, a young duck has built her next and is sitting on her warm eggs. She calmly observes the tractor, far away at first and then louder, closer, threatening her nest. Will she abandon her nest to save her own life? Will the farmer see her in time?

This book models positive, caring behavior to preschool children: the idea that small actions taken at the right time can make a big difference. Respect shown to animals generates self-respect. As in every Hazel and Ruth cooperative project, the artwork perfectly reflects the feeling and mood of the tale.

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Editorial Reviews

Canadian Materials
Ohi's artwork...captures the golden richness of the Canadian prairie...Highly Recommended.
— Helen Arkos
The Horn Book Guide
This simple story is ... heartwarming.
—July-December 1999
Horn Book Guide
This simple story is ... heartwarming.
Horn Book Guide
This simple story is ... heartwarming.
Kirkus Reviews
One Duck (32 pp.; paper; Sept.; 1-55037-561-X; paper 1-55037-560-1): A mother duck nestles down in a field atop twelve eggs, a farmer fires up the tractor, ready for a day's plowing, and the stage is set for a sudden, potentially tragic encounter. Hutchins (Believing Sophie, 1995, etc.) tells the tale in an abbreviated way that adds to the suspense; against hay-golden backgrounds, Ohi uses scribbles and short pen strokes to create contrasting textures. The farmer sees the nest in time, stops to move it out of the way, and is thereafter rewarded with the sight of mother leading twelve appealingly scruffy ducklings across the road to the pond. It's a fleeting episode, engrossingly tense, laced with a little natural history, and finished off by a not entirely predictable outcome. (Picture book. 6-8)
Canadian Materials - Helen Arkos
One Duck is a tale of human compassion for a fellow creature. The farmer's one small act makes all the difference to this "one duck." It is also an excellent resource for primary classes to accompany their study of birds. Many facts about bird life and habits can be gleaned through a discussion of the story. Ohi's artwork is rendered in watercolour with pen and ink detailing. She captures the golden richness of the Canadian prairie and manages to give her duck that slightly quizzical look that ducks always have. Most of the story is illustrated, appropriately enough, from a duck's eye view of the world. Highly Recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550375602
  • Publisher: Annick Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 11/10/2002
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD960L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Hazel Hutchins is a master of compelling stories for young people. She has written more than twenty-five books for children and has won numerous awards, including the Mr. Christie's Book Award, the Silver Birch Award and inclusion in the White Raven Collection of the International Youth Library in Munich.

Ruth Ohi has illustrated many of Hazel Hutchins's picture books. Her joyous, sensitive, and humorous illustrations are familiar to families all over North America.

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