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On Duck Pond

(On Bird Hill and Beyond #2)

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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 g ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 11th 2017 by Cornell Lab Publishing Group
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KC
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
A great rhyming tale about a boy walking his dog observing the wildlife along the pond.
Gary Anderson
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Although On Duck Pond has a barely noticeable fictional frame around the narrative, it is essentially a work of nonfiction told in verse. As ducks arrive at the pond on a summer morning, their quacking makes quite a disturbance, which sets in motion a variety of responses among the other animals that call the pond home. Eventually things calm down, and the animals return to normal. The animal behaviors in Jane Yolen’s newest book will catch the interest of animal and nature lovers, and Bob Marsh ...more
Alex (not a dude) Baugh
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
An anonymous narrator observes how quickly the quiet of a small pond is interrupted by the noisy arrival of a "quack of ducks" first seen approaching it on the title page. As they splash down, the narrator notices how all the other pond residents are surprised and quickly scatter - turtles, frogs, tadpoles, herons all rush away in the rippling water. Luckily for the pond inhabitants, the narrator tells us, the ducks are only staying temporarily and as soon as they move on, the quiet peaceful lif ...more
Erin Buhr
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-nonfiction
Few in this world write with the beauty and ear for words the way Jane Yolen does. She takes a simple moment at a pond and turns it into an observation, a poem. A gentle book about a walk by a pond and how quickly things can change and how they can return to calm again.
Tasha
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This is the second book in the children’s picture book series by the award-winning duo of Yolen and Marstall that is done in conjunction with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. A boy and his dog take a walk in a new setting. This time it is near a pond where everything is very quiet but soon the ducks arrive and break the silence with their splashing and quacking. The other creatures at the pond are startled and move away, including frogs, turtles, a heron and the tadpoles. Soon the pond goes back ...more
Carolyn Combs
Brief summary: On Duck Pond written by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Bob Marstall. Jane Yolen's vivid poem and Bob Marstall's engaging and fun illustrations give the reader a front row seat in nature as a noisy raft of ducks lands and shatters the tranquillity of a pond, sending all manner of creatures away. As the ducks move on, the creatures return and bring a new peace to the pond, one that the reader shares in. Back matter about various species of ducks and other pond life will satisfy curi ...more
Kristi Bernard
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A boy and his dog go for a walk by Duck Pond. It was quiet and still. There was a frog on a pad and tadpoles swimming. Suddenly, a quack of ducks splashed down and created a raucous. The frog fell from his pad and the tadpoles swam away.

Down they splashed. The water spattered.
They chittered, whistled, chattered.
Old Duck Pond, once still and quiet, now
Seemed battered by the riot.

What do you think will happen when the ducks fly away?

This simplistic story by Jane Yolen is quaint and easy to read. C
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Peacegal
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
A pair of mallard ducks has taken up residence in my neighbor's yard, so this is a timely one for me. I liked how the book celebrated the simple joys of just observing nature. I think nothing else fosters a greater appreciation for the natural world and its inhabitants.

The conclusion of the book names, and gives brief facts about, the variety of species shown in the book's realistic illustrations. Once again, it's so nice to see a kid's book about being a quiet watcher in the natural world rath
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Teresa
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Who hasn't had that moment of nature zen shattered by a flock of noisy ducks? It's something all of us can relate to and Jane Yolen paints the picture perfectly in poetry, capturing that experience--from the quiet before the deluge, the invasion of cacophonous fowls, and the return to stasis after--for us all, adults and kids alike, in a slim, fun volume. Opening this picture book is like opening your window and experiencing it firsthand...if you're lucky enough to have your window face a pond. ...more
Samantha
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
A poetic story about observing nature while going for a walk. Back matter includes information on the collective nouns associated with ducks, as well as information about the different species of ducks and other animals living near the pond habitat depicted in the illustrations.

A quietly beautiful read aloud for PreK-2.
Juliana Lee
While taking a walk, the poet is startled by the loud riot of ducks landing in the pond. All the animals, turtles, frogs, herons, etc were also startled and hid away. But when the ducks settled in the water stilled again and the animals came out of hiding. The poet continued his walk away from Duck Pond.
Diane
A calm pond is sent into chaos by the arrival of ducks. They splash down, sending ripples through the water and chasing animals from their spots. "Old Duck Pond, once still and quiet, Now seemed battered by the riot." But when the ducks move on, silence and stillness return to the pond.

A tribute to the joys of being one with nature.
Two BookWorms Blog
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Although I think this book would make a nice bedtime story, I love the information and activities included at the end of the book. I’d use this book in a classroom setting, too, just so I could share the fun facts and encourage deeper observations by the children.

For the full review: https://twobookwormsblog.wordpress.co...
Colleen Dougherty
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful illustrations support this rhyming story of life for the wildlife on Duck Pond. The back of the book has additional information about all the birds and wildlife featured in the book. Both of my boys loved birds and would have loved this book when they were little. Nice read, informative and perfect for counting and discussing all of the animals.
Alyx Campbell
May 14, 2017 rated it liked it
This picture book could be well used in the classroom on a habitat unit. I wasn't too excited about the narrative of this book, although it does incorporate a lot of new vocabulary. The magic of this book is in the pictures, where there is so much to notice in the drawings. Great for animals lovers and teachers.
Melle
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: budding naturalists
Similar to Kwame Alexander and Joel Sartore's Animal Ark (2017), this book lovingly marries art and science in an appreciation of the natural wildlife found near a duck pond -- ducks, herons, frogs, turtles, and even deer! Bob Marstall's illustrations are lovely, and Jane Yolen's text is poetry. For budding naturalists.
Janet
Aug 29, 2017 rated it liked it
The serenity of the pond and its creatures is disturbed by a man and his dog walking. Then all becomes calm and settled on the pond again. Illustrations are wonderful from tadpoles, lily pads, turtles and various species of ducks.
Jillian
May 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
On the dull side, especially for the youngest readers. There's no real story and no characters; it's simply a snapshot of a morning when a raucous group of ducks invade a pond and startle the locals.
Some interesting "back of the book" information.
Kimberly
Some of the language may be too complex for very young readers, but the illustrations are lovely! I did enjoy the author's reference to "a quack of ducks." There's a note in the back that says she made it up, and I am glad that she did--what fun!
Miss Sarah
May 06, 2017 rated it liked it
A quiet day on a pond is explored until a little fright happens. How will the animals react. Simple words and clear pictures. Toddler and up. Loved the non fiction companion at the end to delight older readers.
Trudi
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Picture book about different birds found on a pond. Happy to see it was published by the Cornell Lab Publishing Group. We love the bird cameras on the Cornell site.
Melanie
Lyrical, rhyming text tells the story of a flock of birds that disrupt pond life. Information about the different types of birds and animals seen in the story is included.
Danette
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Beautiful & educational
8/12/17 Read with Julia.
Mary Librarian
When the ducks start moving a chain reaction is triggered at the pond.
Karen
Nov 14, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a book about a single event that took place over about 3 minutes. Weirdly almost too poignant. Interesting in a Fantasia kind of way.
Susan
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
good vocabulary of an occurrence on a quiet pond full of nature.
Additional info about the creatures at back of the book.
mg
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Yolen's rhymes are beautiful and the pictures a soft, perfect accompaniment to the story. Great way to introduce young ones to animal behavior within a story.
Anna Colvin
Aug 28, 2017 rated it liked it
We enjoyed this book and have requested the other book by this author/illustrator team (On Bird Hill).
Michael Fitzgerald
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Entertaining - and informational.
Valencia
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a very good story. Awesome illustrations!
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Jane Yolen is a novelist, poet, fantasist, journalist, songwriter, storyteller, folklorist, and children’s book author who has written more than three hundred books. Her accolades include the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Awards, the Kerlan Award, two Christopher Awards, and six honorary doctorate degrees from colleges and universities in Massachuset ...more

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