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review 2018-04-25 21:39
Wow! It's Great Being a Duck - Joan Rankin
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Lillee is a bit of a rebel-- she doesn't have any desire to learn to swim or fly like her siblings, but wishes to go about things her own way. Wandering about while her brothers and sister are learning to swim, she encounters Mr. Furry-legs who shows her where some tasty nasturtium leaves are because she needs to get plumper. Day after day she wanders in the forest and meets this same friendly creature who shows her where something yummy to munch on is. One day Lillee realizes this is the very same bad guy her mother warned her about and suddenly understands staying with her family, learning to swim and fly isn't such a bad idea after all.

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review 2018-04-06 21:56
Duck! (Avian Shifters, #1) by Kim Dare 4 Star Review !
Duck! - Kim Dare

Raised among humans, Ori Jones only discovered he was an avian shifter six months ago. Unable to complete a full shift until he reaches his avian maturity, he still can’t be sure of his exact species.

But with species comes rank, and rank is everything to the avians. When a partial shift allows the elders to announce that they believe Ori to be a rather ugly little duckling, he drops straight to the bottom rung of their hierarchy.

Life isn’t easy for Ori until he comes to the attention of a high ranking hawk shifter. Then the only question is, is Ori really a duck—and what will his new master think when the truth eventually comes out?




I have mixed feelings about this book but what is done well is done so well I really enjoyed it.

This is an excellent re imagining of The Ugly Duckling. The relationship between the heroes is compelling and a great romance.

However, everything else in this world gets smudged. We get no other characters really. The world seems cruel beyond measure but it can't all be because of things we see.

The tight lens is good but I wanted more world building overall. 

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review 2018-03-28 23:26
Duck the Halls
Duck the Halls - Donna Andrews

Michael and Rob have joined the Caerphilly VFD and a week before Christmas, they get called out to a problem at the Baptist church, where the Chief of Police and his family attend church. What is found there are a dozen irate skunks who have sprayed the caretaker and the whole church. After that, Meg is asked to help organize all the churches and their activities for Christmas so that there is enough space to accommodate all the special activities of all the different churches. As this is going on, Meg finds out who started the pranks but she knows that they didn't murder the cantankerous Vestry member who complained about every expenditure. 


I really do enjoy these stories and it is good that they can be read out of order or in order. I do recommend as a fun read. Another mind candy book. 

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review 2018-02-26 21:25
Duck! Rabbit!
Duck! Rabbit! - Amy Krouse Rosenthal,Tom Lichtenheld

This is a story of two people looking at the same object and seeing two completely different things. The two people argue about what it is until they convince each other to change their original opinion. This book is funny and it shows that you need compelling evidence with for your argument to be successful. I would use this book in the classroom to have students develop compelling evidence to go along with their arguments of whether it was a duck or a rabbit.


Lexile Measure: AD300L

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review 2018-02-23 12:43
Duck for President
Duck for President - Doreen Cronin,Betsy Lewin

This book does an excellent job at educating readers on the process of nominating and electing a person in office. It also gives a little background on the responsibility of the President. I think using animals instead of people will grab the attention of younger students better. It's much more fun that way. I like that the duck starts out at a position of no power and slowly climbs the political ladder all the way to presidency. I would use this book to introduce the election process and have a mock election, rather it be during the presidential election or a classroom election.  


Lexile Measure: AD680L


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