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On Duck Pond

Jane Yolen Bob Marstall

32 pages
WunderMill Publishing Group

Eureka! Silver Award Winner

From New York Times bestselling children's author Jane Yolen, and award-winning illustrator, Bob Marstall, ON DUCK POND is the first sequel to the acclaimed ON BIRD HILL.

ON BIRD HILL 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 a hatching baby bird.ON DUCK POND continues their journey, 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 a climactic chaos before slowly settling back to a quiet equilibrium.

This beautiful and enchanting sequel is sure to delight ON BIRD HILL fans and millions of readers of Jane's popular classics.

35% of the net proceeds from every Cornell Lab Publishing Group book purchase will support projects such as children's educational and community programs.

Pond Wildlife to discover in this book:

  • Mallard
  • Wood Duck
  • American Black Duck
  • Green-Winged Teal
  • Hooded Merganser
  • American Wigeon
  • Gladwell
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Great Egret
  • Red-Winged Blackbird
  • American Box Turtle
  • Red-eared Slider
  • Eastern Gray Squirrel
  • Eastern Cottontail
  • Raccoon
  • American Bullfrog
  • White-tailed Deer
  • Dragonfly


The ON BIRD HILL & BEYOND series invites children to reclaim the freedom to explore, wander and adventure outdoors.

Created especially for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology - the world leader in the study, appreciation, and conservation of birds - by New York Times bestselling author Jane Yolen and renowned illustrators Bob Marstall and Elizabeth Dulemba. The series artfully engages the senses to see, feel, hear, and touch the natural world and the life within.

Back matter contains information on birds and wildlife depicted with full-color photos and “How You Can Help" suggestions for budding naturalists and birders.


“… expressively captures a luminous moment of discovery in the natural world. On Bird Hill leaves space for the imagination and underscores the surprising wonder found in everyday moments. — School Library Journal

“It’s a sweetly surreal meditation on the everyday wonders that await in the wild.”—Publisher’s Weekly

“Beautiful and enchanting.”—Hooked on Books

“It opens your eyes to the extraordinary in the ordinary of nature. I look forward to more books in the series...”—NC Teacher Stuff

Author Bio

Jane Yolen has authored more than 370 books including the Caldecott-winning Owl Moon, loved by children and bird watchers of all ages; You Nest Here With Me, a popular new favorite co-authored with her daughter Heidi E. Y. Stemple; and the New York Times bestselling series How Do Dinosaurs...Jane Yolen's books have been translated into over 20 languages. Many of Ms. Yolen's books are about wildlife subjects, especially the winged kind. She lives in Hatfield, Massachusetts. Visit Jane's website at www.janeyolen.com

Bob Marstall is the illustrator of nine nonfiction children’s books, including 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 Book award; 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 Easthampton, Massachusetts. Visit Bob's website at www.marstallstudio.com.