Monday, April 10, 2017

On Duck Pond Blog Tour (review, giveaway)

Welcome to Day #1 of the On Duck Pond Blog Tour!

To celebrate the release of On Duck Pond by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Bob Marstall (4/11/17), blogs across the web are featuring exclusive content from Jane and Bob, plus 10 chances to win a set of On Bird Hill and On Duck Pond !

Two Truths and a Lie  with Jane Yolen

Two Truths and a Lie About Jane Yolen:
  1. I lost my fencing foil on a date in Grand Central Station. 
  2. I married the first man I ever dated. 
  3. I have been dogsledding in Alaska.
Answer (highlight to reveal): #2 is the lie

Two Truths and a Lie about On Bird Hill:
  1. Bird Hill is based on an old folk song I learned in Girl Scout Camp. 
  2. I wrote the book in thirty minutes. 
  3. I wrote the book because of a picture I saw.
Answer (highlight to reveal): #2 is the lie

Two Truths and a Lie about On Duck Pond:
  1. On Duck Pond is based on an old folk song I learned in junior high school. 
  2. Duck Pond happened when I was asked to write a sequel to On Bird Hill
  3. Writing the nature notes at the back of the book took much longer than writing the book.
Answer (highlight to reveal): #1 is the lie

Stop by Mrs. Mommy BookNerd tomorrow for Day #2 of the tour!

Blog Tour Schedule:
April 10th – Word Spelunking April 11th – Mrs. Mommy BookNerd April 12th Foodie Bibliophile in Wanderlust April 13th – Late Bloomer's Book Blog April 14th – Mundie Kids April 17th – Life Naturally April 18th – Chat with Vera April 19th – The Kids Did It April 20th –  Books My Kids Read April 21st – Marianna Frances

From award-winning and NY Times bestselling children’s author of more than 350 books, Jane Yolen, and award-winning illustrator, Bob Marstall, On Duck Pond is the first sequel to the acclaimed On Bird Hill, which launched the children’s picture book series written for the esteemed Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the world authority on birds. 
In On Bird Hill, Yolen and Marstall took readers on a surreal journey with a boy and his dog, as they stopped, looked, and noticed things along their path—ultimately discovering the miracle of the birth of a baby bird. On Duck Pond continues the journey of the boy and dog story, this time in a new place—a serene pond, filled with birds, frogs, turtles and other creatures going about their quiet business. Their intrusion stirs the pond into a cacophony of activity, reaching climactic chaos, before slowly settling back to it’s quiet equilibrium. 
This beautiful and enchanting sequel is sure to delight On Bird Hill fans and millions of readers and fans of Jane’s popular classics.
About the Author: Jane Yolen has authored more than 350 books, including the Caldecott-winning Owl Moon, which every budding young ornithologist owns, You Nest Here With Me, which is a popular new favorite, and the New York Times bestselling series How Do Dinosaurs. Jane Yolen’s books have been translated into over 20 languages and are popular around the world. Janes husband, David Stemple, was both a well known bird recordist and a professor of computer science and he taught the entire family how to identify birds. Many of Jane’s books are about wildlife subjects, especially the winged kind. Jane lives in Hatfield, MA. Visit her online at
About the Illustrator: Bob Marstall is the illustrator of nine nonfiction children’s books, including the The Lady and the Spider, which sold over a quarter-of-a-million copies and was a Reading Rainbow selection. Bob has also been honored with an ALA Notable; an IRA Teachers’ Choice; a Smithsonian Magazine Notable Book for Children; and three John Burroughs selections.
In addition, two of Bob’s books are included in the New York Times Parent’s Guide’s “1001 Best Books of the Twentieth Century.” Bob Lives in Easthamton, MA. Visit him online at

About the Cornell Lab: The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a world leader in the study, appreciation, and conservation of birds. Our hallmarks are scientific excellence and technological innovation to advance the understanding of nature and to engage people of all ages in learning about birds and protecting the planet.

*I received a copy for review purposes

On Duck Pond is a charming and surprising picture book that celebrates nature and all its glory! Like On Bird Hill, in On Duck Pond, a boy and his dog stop to admire the wonders, miracles, and awesome sights of nature...this time, by a peaceful and lovely pond. But when a flock of ducks descend upon the pond, chattering and quacking, the peaceful pond and its inhabitants (frogs, tadpoles, heron, etc) find themselves quite rustled and put out!

Yolen writes in sweet and simple, yet captivating, rhymes, that will delight little readers and spark their imaginations. With soft blues, greens, and yellows, the illustrations perfectly capture the gorgeous landscape the boy and his dog have found themselves in. Readers will love spotting all the different kinds of animals on each page, and a handy guide in the back of the book makes the search and find aspect even more fun!

On Duck Pond is a beautiful celebration of a simple walk that takes a wonderfully surprising turn, and perfect for the little nature lovers in your life!

One (1) winner will receive a set of both On Bird Hill and On Duck Pond -- a great Earth Day gift!
US only
ends 4/16
winner will be emailed and must claim prize within 48 hours
Word Spelunking is not responsible for lost, damaged, stolen prizes in the mail
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  1. I love Jane Yolen's writing and picture books about nature are some of my favorites. i'm going to love these books and read them to my new niece!

  2. Jane Yolen is a national treasure! She has written so many amazing stories and I'm sure these are excellent picture books. One of my favorite activities is bird watching.

  3. These books are amazing. I look forward to reading them!

  4. I've seen On Bird Hill around but didn't know anything about it before this. Now I'm hoping to be the lucky winner of both books. Thanks!

  5. I've seen Bird Hill, and it's beautiful. I can't wait to see On Duck Pond.

  6. Yane Yolen is a favorite. I love her poetry. This book sounds sweet. I am looking forward to reading it.

  7. WOW - I love this 2 Truths & 1 lie format! Very creative. I also am amazed to learn that Jane Yolen fenced! Great new nugget for me. We are a fencing family - since 2000 - with many visits to US Nationals & an NCAA collegiate fencer! :-)

  8. I look forward to reading, On Duck Pond

  9. Thank you, Jane Yolen, for the opportunity to win two of your fabulous books. I've been reading and collecting your books for decades, and even have a few signed by you. And I would much rather read On Duck Pond than eat a dozen cupcakes. After all, cupcakes are gone in a twinkling but your books live forever.


Hey there cupcake! You look lovely today and I can tell you're thinking very smarticle thinky go ahead and post 'em!

After much thought and only recently being introduced to blog awards and blogger tagging, I'm going to have to declare this an award/tag free blog. I'm honored, humbled, and so very grateful for simply being considered for an award, but I simply do not have the time to return the favor. If I could, I'd award y'all with dozens of yummy cupcakes ;) Thanks for understanding.