Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 4 to 7
- Grade: p to 2
Hazel Hutchins, the popular, award-winning author, has written a story about one man and one duck -- not a nature-conquering scenario, but a tale of human compassion and caring for the creatures with whom we share the earth. Hazel tells the story in a soft, rhythmic style, matched perfectly by Ruth Ohi's illustrations.
A farmer and father of four sets out to plow his field at dawn in early spring. On the ground, hidden perfectly in a down-lined hollow, a young duck has built her next and is sitting on her warm eggs. She calmly observes the tractor, far away at first and then louder, closer, threatening her nest. Will she abandon her nest to save her own life? Will the farmer see her in time?
This book models positive, caring behavior to preschool children: the idea that small actions taken at the right time can make a big difference. Respect shown to animals generates self-respect. As in every Hazel and Ruth cooperative project, the artwork perfectly reflects the feeling and mood of the tale.
About the authors
Hazel Hutckins est l'auteure de plus de 30 livres pour enfants, y compris l'album illustré primé Mattland, une œuvre qui est aussi illustrée par Duan Petricic. Hazel vit à Canmore, en Alberta.
After many years of juggling writing, raising her children, and making a home with her now deceased husband, Hazel spends her days writing full time. Winner of Writer's Guild of Alberta Award for Children's Literature, she has written children's short fiction for Chirp, Chickadee, and Cricket.
When answering where the inspiration for A Second is a Hiccup came from, Hazel comments, "I decided to see if I could find other ways to describe time. When the writing began to flow in poetic form - and when I came up with the engaging title line A Second is a Hiccup - I knew I had begun a labor of love. The book went through many incarnations....in one version I actually brought in centuries and eons! Good grief! But it finally returned to exactly what it should be...immediate, simple and close-to-home. It is my sincere hope that children of all types will enjoy finding and celebrating, among the pages, the many ways they spend their time."
Ruth Ohi a illustré plus de 50 livres pour enfants et est l'auteure de certains d'entre eux. Ses livres, traduits en plusieurs langues, se vendent à travers le monde et ont figuré sur la liste de plusieurs prix littéraires prestigieux. Elle vit avec sa famille à Toronto.
RUTH OHI has illustrated more than fifty children’s books — several of which she has also written, including Fox and Squirrel, Fox and Squirrel Make a Friend, Shh! My Brother’s Napping, and Scribble. Her books have been nominated for many prestigious awards, including the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award, Mr. Christie’s Award, Chocolate Lily, Shining Willow, Blue Spruce and the Governor General’s Award. She lives with her family, and many backyard squirrels, in Toronto, Ontario. Visit her online at www.RuthOhi.com.
One Duck is a tale of human compassion for a fellow creature. The farmer's one small act makes all the difference to this "one duck." It is also an excellent resource for primary classes to accompany their study of birds. Many facts about bird life and habits can be gleaned through a discussion of the story. Ohi's artwork is rendered in watercolour with pen and ink detailing. She captures the golden richness of the Canadian prairie and manages to give her duck that slightly quizzical look that ducks always have. Most of the story is illustrated, appropriately enough, from a duck's eye view of the world. Highly Recommended.