Down East 2013 ©
In Boatyard Ducklings, Heather Austin memorably recounts and beautifully pictures the true story of a young girl whose seaside summer is made unforgettable when she discovers a nest full of ducklings in a boatyard dinghy. Along with the mallard hen, she hovers over the nest, keeping watch until she witnesses in wonder the ducklings hatching.
Austin’s pencil illustrations give this book a timeless quality. These drawings, coupled with a storyline about the protection of ducklings, are sure to call to mind Robert McCloskey’s classic picture book Make Way for Ducklings. Far from being merely imitative, though, this story of a little girl’s love for young creatures has a magic all its own.
"A captivating children’s picture book.... Beautiful, shaded black-and-white illustrations in a realistic style grace this thoughtful picture book, with text sufficiently detailed to be suitable for young people who are almost ready to progress to more complex reading material." --Midwest Book Review
"A sweet visual pleasure." --Points East boating magazine
"This fun, educational, and true story tells about friendship and consideration for nature." --Kennebec Journal, Augusta, Maine