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Wings in the Wind
Julia Walsh; Karel Hayes, illus.; John Gorey, illus.




Peter E. Randall Publisher
2016 • 36 pp. 19 color illus. 8 1/2 x 11"
Juvenile Fiction - Ducks, Geese, etc. / Nature - Birds / Friendship


$16.95 Hardcover, 978-1-942155-11-9



Against all odds an orphan Mallard reaches adulthood on the banks of the Merrimack River watched over from a distance by a young girl

This is a story of one courageous Mallard who lost his family but did not give up, and about a little girl who watched and loved the duckling as he struggled to make it to adulthood. It takes place on the Merrimack River in Massachusetts and is based on a true account of one duckling’s survival. Themes of home, family, friendship, and nature are presented, as it explores the dilemma of safety versus growth.

A wonderful read aloud for K-3rd grade, this uplifting story is recommended for nature and science centers, children’s museums, and school and public libraries to support science and social studies sections. Author lives in Massachusetts and Missouri.


Reviews / Endorsements



“I absolutely LOVED your book. What a lovely, personal story that so many could relate to adults as well as children. The illustrations are so real that I wanted to touch the pages with the swaying grasses!”—Lisa Hutchings, teacher, naturalist, mother, Massachusetts Audubon, Newburyport, Massachusetts

“Julia Walsh’s account of Julie and her interest in the mallard duck, presents with vivid imagery and is a beautiful intergenerational story about friendship and compassion. Children will enjoy hearing about Julie’s curiosity about the life of a mallard duckling, and they
will be able to connect with the subtle topic of persevering when faced with a difficult situation.”—Cecilie Zwick Coker, Lower School Librarian, Sanford School, Hockessin, Delaware


“Wings in the Wind is a delightful story of courage, persistence, and friendship. We watch, through Julie’s eyes, the survival and maturing of a mallard duckling. At the same time, we listen as Julie learns nature’s lessons. Information is accurate; presented in a way that
children and adults can feel connected to the adventure. The illustrations are perfect for the story. They show a wide expanse of the marsh and river, while keeping Julie and the duckling still the focus of the story.”—Nancy Donovan, marine docent and author of
Wild Dolphin Rider,Oscar the Herring Gull, and Marissa the Forest Spirit



JULIA WALSH lives on the banks of the Merrimack. She holds a BA in occupational therapy (Boston University) and an MA in school psychology (Immaculata University). KAREL HAYES is the author/illustrator of over twenty-five books, three of these illustrated with her son and fellow artist, JOHN GOREY.



Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:49:32 -0500