California Reading Association Eureka! Book Awards
2017 Silver Award Winner Honor
Author: Jane Yolen
Illustrated by: Bob Marstall
Target: 3-5 years
Format: Cloth Text
Dimensions: 11″ x 9″
Renowned, award-winning and NY Times bestselling children’s book author Jane Yolen (Owl Moon and How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?), together again with award-winning illustrator Bob Marstall, present the first sequel in the highly acclaimed On Bird Hill series.
On Duck Pond is the first sequel to the acclaimed On Bird Hill, which launched the children’s picture book series written for the esteemed Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the world authority on birds.
In On Bird Hill, Yolen and Marstall took readers on a surreal journey with a boy and his dog, as they stopped, looked, and noticed things along their path—ultimately discovering the miracle of the birth of a baby bird. On Duck Pond continues the journey of the boy and dog story, this time in a new place—a serene pond, filled with birds, frogs, turtles and other creatures going about their quiet business. Their intrusion stirs the pond into a cacophony of activity, reaching climactic chaos, before slowly settling back to it’s quiet equilibrium.
This beautiful and enchanting sequel is sure to delight On Bird Hill fans and millions of readers and fans of Jane’s popular classics.
PRAISE FOR ON BIRD HILL:
KIRKUS STARRED REVIEW
“An imaginative and original depiction of one of life’s everyday miracles.” Read the full review…
PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY REVIEW
“A sweetly surreal meditation on the everyday wonders that await in the wild.” Read the full review…
Jane Yolen Jane Yolen has authored more than 350 books, including the Caldecott-winning Owl Moon, which every budding young ornitholoigist owns, You Nest Here With Me, which is a popular new favorite, and the New York Times bestselling series How Do Dinosaurs. Jane Yolen’s books have been translated into over 20 languages and are popular around the world.
Jane’s late husband, David Stemple, was both a well-known bird recordist and a professor of computer science and he taught the entire family how to enjoy birds. Many of Jane’s books are about wildlife subjects, especially the winged kind. Jane lives in Hatfield MA. and St Andrews, Scotland.
Bob Marstall is the illustrator of nine nonfiction children’s books, including the The Lady and the Spider, which sold over a quarter-of-a-million copies and was a Reading Rainbow selection. Bob has also been honored with an ALA Notable; an IRA Teachers’ Choice; a Smithsonian Magazine Notable Book for Children; and three John Burroughs selections.
In addition, two of Bob’s books are included in the New York Times Parent’s Guide’s “1001 Best Books of the Twentieth Century.” Bob Lives in Easthamton, MA.
“grounded in careful, quiet observation…while On Bird Hill had a certain dreamlike quality, particularly in Marstall’s slightly surreal artwork, this story feels grounded in careful, quiet observation.”
“A beautiful picture book…both the words and the illustrations are well crafted, but together they become something more: a beautiful picture book that is unexpectedly moving.”
—Booklist, Starred Review
“Smoothly crafted couplets and the occasional triplet describe a moment in the natural world when a “quack of ducks” descends on a pond…speaks to the joy of paying attention to one’s surroundings.”
“‘On Duck Pond’ is a lovely, meditative new children’s book…With elegant illustrations.”
“Yolen, who’s been called the Hans Christian Andersen of today, is a multi-award-winning poet and author (Caldecott Medal for “Owl Moon,” 1988) …Breathtaking…A fine way to nudge young children toward their own nature treks.”
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