Days of the Ducklings
By Bruce McMillan
(Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Hardcover, 9780618048786, 32pp.)
Publication Date: September 2001
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
Categories: Animals - Birds
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On a small island off the coast of Iceland, Drífa has the task of hatching and raising over two hundred peeping wild eider ducklings. Her goal, for which she is supported by a license granted by the Ministry of the Environment, is to raise the ducklings to reestablish a colony of common eiders here.
If the ducklings are to survive in the wild, they can’t become pets. Drífa must nurture them while keeping her distance as their caregiver. She must balance the emotionally satisfying appeal of her charges with her ultimate goal of reestablishing the colony if she is to succeed in raising her lovable ducklings to live free as wild eider ducks.
Bruce McMillan has written and illustrated more children's books set in Iceland than any other United States author. Going Fishing is his sixth to be set there, and his forty-third overall. He often summers in Iceland, though he lives in Shapleigh, Maine. Bruce holds a B.S. in biology from the University of Maine and has received numerous awards and honors for his children's books.
"The photographs are handsome and the brief story intriguing." Kirkus Reviews
"Another beauty from McMillan. . . . A winning look at the wonder of the common eider, the splendor of Iceland, and the resourcefulness of one child." School Library Journal