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Title:
A first look at ducks, geese, and swans
Author:
Selsam, Millicent E. (Millicent Ellis), 1912-1996.
Publication Information:
New York : Walker, 1990.
Physical Description:
32 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Summary:
Examines the differences and similarities of ducks, geese, and swans.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780802769756

9780802769763
Format :
Book

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Grand Island Library QL696.A52 S44 1990 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
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"Setting a high standard for the renewed interest in serious nonfiction for primary students". -- SLJ.


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Setting a high standard for the renewed interest in serious nonfiction for primary students. -- SLJ.


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Booklist Review

Ages 6-8. In the "First Look at . . ." series, the authors aim to give children "the essence of the search for differences that is the basis for scientific classification." With that in mind, they focus on the features shared by ducks, geese, and swans (webbed feet, etc.) and on how these species can be differentiated by their size, form, and markings. Softly shaded pencil drawings illustrate the text and form the basis for comparisons. The lack of color in the artwork makes it more difficult to tell, for example, the male from the female duck, but it has the advantage of encouraging children to look at differences in form rather than coloration. Despite the title, the book does not provide general information about swans, ducks, and geese, and this will certainly limit its usefulness for school reports. However, it does fulfill the authors' intent to train children to look for the variations that are the basis of biological classification. ~--Carolyn Phelan


School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-- A clear, simple text and attractive, detailed black-and-white drawings introduce young readers to the similarities and differences among familiar birds. Care has been taken in the placement of text in relation to corresponding illustrations. Fascinating facts will encourage children to view these creatures with greater appreciation and understanding. Thomas D. Fegely's Wonders of Geese and Swans (Dodd, 1976; o.p.) is also an introduction to these birds, but is intended for older readers. --Barbara B. Murphy, Shaler Area School District Libraries, Pittsburgh (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Booklist Review

Ages 6-8. In the "First Look at . . ." series, the authors aim to give children "the essence of the search for differences that is the basis for scientific classification." With that in mind, they focus on the features shared by ducks, geese, and swans (webbed feet, etc.) and on how these species can be differentiated by their size, form, and markings. Softly shaded pencil drawings illustrate the text and form the basis for comparisons. The lack of color in the artwork makes it more difficult to tell, for example, the male from the female duck, but it has the advantage of encouraging children to look at differences in form rather than coloration. Despite the title, the book does not provide general information about swans, ducks, and geese, and this will certainly limit its usefulness for school reports. However, it does fulfill the authors' intent to train children to look for the variations that are the basis of biological classification. ~--Carolyn Phelan


School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-- A clear, simple text and attractive, detailed black-and-white drawings introduce young readers to the similarities and differences among familiar birds. Care has been taken in the placement of text in relation to corresponding illustrations. Fascinating facts will encourage children to view these creatures with greater appreciation and understanding. Thomas D. Fegely's Wonders of Geese and Swans (Dodd, 1976; o.p.) is also an introduction to these birds, but is intended for older readers. --Barbara B. Murphy, Shaler Area School District Libraries, Pittsburgh (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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