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Ducks Don't Get Wet by Augusta Goldin

Ducks Don't Get Wet (edition 1999)

by Augusta Goldin, Helen K. Davie (Illustrator)

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Title:Ducks Don't Get Wet
Authors:Augusta Goldin
Other authors:Helen K. Davie (Illustrator)
Info:HarperCollins (1999), Edition: First Edition, Paperback, 32 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:science, fun, experiments, oil and water, ducks, habitats, survival

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Ducks Don't Get Wet by Augusta Goldin



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What do different kinds of ducks eat? Why do ducks fly south for the winter? Are ducks very good swimmers? And, when they do swim, why don't ducks get wet?

The curious child will learn plenty about ducks from Ducks Don't Get Wet, a Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science Book by Augusta Goldin, illustrated by Leonard Kessler.

Like What Makes Day and Night, Ducks Don't Get Wet is interesting and informative, and the illustrations, though sometimes a little odd, go well with the text. Also like What Makes Day and Night, Ducks Don't Get Wet includes some experiments children can do at home to help them understand why ducks, as the book says, don't get wet.

There's a newer edition than mine with illustrations by Helen K. Davie. It looks to have much more realistic illustrations, compared to Kessler's version, but it seems a shame to miss the strangeness of Kessler's illustrations. Either version should be good, though.

Ducks Don't Get Wet is another wonderful book in the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science Books series, and a great choice for children. It's educational and fun--you can't go wrong!

This review also appears on my blog. ( )
  Sopoforic | Feb 6, 2014 |
This is a great book that explains how and why ducks don't get wet, even if they are completely under water! It has nice pictures to go along with the text to explain how ducks' bodies produce an oil to cover their feathers. This book also explores different species of ducks and how they migrate to find food during the winter. It also provides short experiments that you could do at home or in the classroom. ( )
  ccostakis | Nov 13, 2012 |
This is a decent informational book about ducks and how they live and grow. The information is clear and easily distinguishable from the story. The pictures add to the information and make it more clear and easy to understand. The facts are up-to-date and accurate. The language of the book is kept simple so the information is easily read by young students. ( )
  Leah08 | Jan 14, 2011 |
Genre: Informational
Age Appropriateness: Primary and Intermediate
Media: Watercolors
All types of ducks don't get wet, but why? This books does an excellent job of describing in a child-friendly manner how and why the ducks don't get wet when they are always swimming in the water. Also, this book portrays the life of a duck smoothly, including the reason for their migration, and wonderful illustrations to assist presentation of information. There is also an experiment included in the back of the book that allows the experimenter to see how something can be waterproof. ( )
1 vote JessicaGuiducci | Nov 19, 2009 |
This picture book describes how ducks' feathers have an oil on them that repels water which is why they are able to go into the water without getting wet. This informational book is fun to read and has many interesting facts.

Andy and I were able to read this book together and marvel at the mysteries of ducks. He enjoyed it as much as I did and we were able to talk about how oil repells water and how amazing it is that ducks are able to use it. We talked over the questions, "what would happen if ducks did get wet? would they be able to fly?", "What would ducks eat if they couldn't go under water?" and "do any other birds have this same property?"

As a teacher I would incorporate this book with a science lesson on buoyancy where I would read this book and then the students would experiement with water and oil and see what happens. They would also look up the word buoyancy and use it to describe what happens when water and oil are mixed. ( )
1 vote Hennigar | Apr 29, 2008 |
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Davie, Helen K.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0064451879, Paperback)

Why don't ducks get wet? Ducks dip and dive, but they stay dry because they spread oil over their feathers to make them waterproof. Learn more inside and get to know different kinda of ducks.

Have you ever wondered how ducks spend the whole day in the water and never get wet? Did you know that they can dive 100 feet deep, and still come up dry? Meet ten different kinds of ducks in this classic text featuring stunning new watercolor illustrations and a new "Find Out More" page.

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Describes the behavior of different kinds of ducks and, in particular, discusses how all ducks use preening to keep their feathers dry.

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