Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Duck for a Day





Duck for a Day

by Meg McKinlay, illustrated by Leila Rudge
Candlewick, 2012.  90 pgs. Intermediate

     Abby's class is all aflutter when their new teacher, Mrs. Melvino, brings a new class pet on their first day--a duck named Max.  Everyone wants to take Max home for an overnighter, especially Abby whose parents won't let her have a pet because they are too messy, or too loud, or too googly-eyed. But Mrs. Melvino has extremely strict conditions for letting Max leave and prim Abby and her messy neighbor Noah both work hard and fast to get Max first.  Abby wins, but then the unthinkable happens.  Will Noah come to the rescue?  and will Max let himself be rescued at all?  Those are the questions that must be answered just in time for a happy ending to McKinlay's sparkling little tale of children who become friends through their shared love of animals.

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