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  • SubGenre:Animals / Ducks, Geese, etc.
  • Age Range (years):6 - 8
  • Language:English
  • Pages:42
  • Hardcover ISBN:9781667846170

Left Behind!

The True Story of Dino the Duck

by Lindy Rice and Kate Winthrop

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After two duck families decided to nest in her garden, Lindy was horrified to find that when one of the mother ducks left the nest with her babies, she had left behind an egg that was still hatching. At first Lindy thought the egg, which had a hole in it covered with flies, was rotten, and picked it up to throw it away.  But just then the duckling inside the egg stuck his beak out through the hole and cheeped at her. Lindy's plan was to rescue the abandoned duckling and then put it back with its mom. But that didn't work out as she had hoped: the duckling had imprinted on her and thought she was its mother! This is the story of how the mother ducks - abandoned by their mates - joined forces to create a blended family and raise their babies together, and Lindy's sometimes hilarious attempts to get the abandoned duckling to join its family. Did she succeed? Read the book to find out! 


This story is suitable for children ages 3 - 9. It is illustrated with photographs Lindy took of Dino and the duck families, as well as drawings by Lindy's daughter Laurel. It also includes some educational information about ducks in "Did You Know?" sections.  For further information about Dino and ducks, videos of Dino and his family, ideas for school projects, and answers to your questions, visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100087132176348

About the author

Lindy Rice is a retired teacher and lifelong animal lover. She holds a B.A. and M.A. from U.C. Davis. Ever since she received pet ducklings for Easter as a child, ducks and chickens have been part of her family. She has spent many years observing and studying about ducks. Raising Dino was one of her most unusual experiences.  At first, Lindy wrote this story just for her grandchildren, but everyone loved it so much they encouraged her to share it with the public.

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