The Duckling Raised by Loons
Discover the true story of an orphaned mallard duckling being raised by a pair of loons.
On a lake in northern Wisconsin in 2019, loon researchers were surprised to discover a mother and father loon caring for a mallard duckling. Normally loons and mallards live very different lives and do not get along. Follow along as the duckling grows and displays a mix of both loon behaviors and mallard behaviors. Intriguing verse and striking illustrations combine in this heartwarming tale of unexpected animal cooperation.
|Kindergarten - Grade 4
|Picture Books, Science
|5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Expository Literature, Animals
|Lerner Publishing Group
|Millbrook Press ™
|Number of Pages
Author: Laura Purdie Salas
Laura Purdie Salas is the author of more than 135 books for kids, including If You Were the Moon, Lion of the Sky, theCan Be… series, and Bookspeak! Poems about Books. Poetry and rhyming nonfiction books are her favorite things to write. Laura loves to do author visits, writing workshops, and teacher inservices. Read more about Laura and her work at laurasalas.com.
Illustrator: Alexandria Neonakis
Alexandria Neonakis is a freelance concept artist, fine artist and illustrator from Nova Scotia, Canada, currently residing in Los Angeles with her husband and various pets. Previously she was a senior concept artist at Wonderstorm and a character concept artist at Naughty Dog. When she's not working, you'll find her at home with her husband John and their way too many pets, out in nature painting and shooting reference, or at the barn she rides at hanging out with horses.
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Discover the true story of an orphaned mallard duckling being raised by a pair of loons. On a lake in northern Wisconsin in 2019, loon researchers were surprised to discover a mother and father loon caring for a mallard duckling. Normally loons and mallards live… View available downloads →
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In May 2019, researchers on a lake in northern Wisconsin made a strange discovery: a pair of loons seemed to be raising a mallard duckling! Normally loons and mallards are rival species, but somehow these three—two childless parents and an orphaned chick—found each other. Finding Family: View →
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- Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices
- Minnesota Book Award Finalist
- Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book
- EUREKA! Children's Book Gold Award
“An entertaining and informative story that will find a home in many collections.”—School Library Journal
“Engaging natural science for the very young.”—Kirkus Reviews