My Brother the Duck
My Brother the Duck
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My Brother the Duck

Written by Pat Zietlow Miller & illustrated by Daniel Wiseman
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$16.99
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3 - 5
Reading age
40
Page count
13
Words per page
~348L
Lexile measure
Apr 21, 2020
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Ducks, the scientific method, and babyhood combine to create a punny, silly, and entertaining tale.

The self-proclaimed bird scientist Stella Wells has a sneaking suspicion that her soon-to-be baby brother is a duck. Research is necessary to prove any hypothesis, so Stella gets to work observing and studying her new brother, Drake (which is another term for a male duck—coincidence?). After seeing his yellow-toned skin (a clever allusion to jaundice) and hearing his squawking, Stella turns to her friend Carla, a fellow kid scientist, who prompts for further research and the an expert’s opinion. Principal Kowalski confirms their research saying, “If it looks like a duck and sounds like a duck, it’s probably a duck.” With that confirmation, Stella heads home and notices her brother looks pretty normal, after all (especially without his duck-themed blanket wrapped around him). Wiseman’s illustrations are bright, bold, and decorated with additional funny details, like dad’s farmer’s tan on the last page, the parenting books on top of the hospital bag, and the many ducks adorning the pages. Miller cleverly uses puns and references within the text to add personality and silliness to the story while promoting girls in science with characters Stella and Carla. While the story lacks notable moments, this punny, cute take on the scientific method (while playing on different aspects of babyhood) is both enjoyable and entertaining.

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  • Stella gathers facts to test her hypothesis: that her baby brother is a duck. How did Stella find the answer to her hypothesis? What questions you might have that you could scientifically research.
  • When Stella thinks her little brother is a duck, she looks on the bright side–they'll never lose at a game of Duck, Duck, Goose, for example. What are the benefits of having a younger sibling? Can you look on the bright side of your day, today?

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Book Details

ISBN
9781452142838
Publication Date
April 21, 2020
Publisher
Chronicle Books
Text Details
Handlettering by Daniel Wiseman. Typeset in Fela.
Illustration Details
The illustrations in this book were rendered digitally.
Page Count
40
Words Per Page
13
Audience
Picture
Reading Age
3 - 5 years
Est. Lexile® Level
~348L
Est. Fountas & Pinnell Level
~K
ATOS® Book Level
2.5
Accelerated Reader® Points
0.5
Accelerated Reader Quiz
510621
Accelerated Reader Interest Level
LG

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