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Peeking Ducks - Krista Bell


Published: 20th July 2010
For Ages: 5 - 6 years old
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On an adventure to find the mighty Li River, three little ducks are astonished by the events that unfold. A cautionary tale, set in the majestic landscape of China.

About the Author

Australian author Krista Bell won her first writing award aged eight, but more recently was shortlisted for the NSW Premier's History Awards with Lofty's Mission. Although Krista's family had ducks as pets for many years, it was an inspirational trip to China that gave her the idea for her 23rd book, Peeking Ducks. ILLUSTRATOR: Sally Rippin spent three years in China studying traditional Chinese painting. She has written and illustrated over thirty books, many of them award-winning. Sally and her family live in Melbourne near Merri Creek where they often wander looking for ducks. They have spotted lots of brown speckly ones, but no Peeking ducks yet. Colour throughout



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Peking or Peeking Ducks?


from Melbourne

About Me Bookworm


  • Chinese Culture Insight
  • Easy To Understand
  • Informative
  • Well Written


    Best Uses

    • Gift
    • Younger Readers

    Comments about Peeking Ducks:

    No, it's not a typo in the title. It's actually a clever use of the 'peeking' theme of curious ducklings, who like children, risk visiting new places. On this Li river, these adventurous ducks are Chinese, but they are 'peeking' not Peking ducks.

    Sally Rippin's artwork conveys the movement of the ducks as they play hide- and- seek, upstream. Even the endpapers are suitably watery. The flow of the artwork is a strength of this beautifully produced picture book, suitable for 3 year olds upwards, and those collectors of Chinese stories.

    Good use of dialogue to distinguish the duck characters with their Chinese names , but also for parents reading aloud. There's a definite rhythm to the story.
    Author Krista researched in China, and it shows in the local examples of the duck farmers' nests, roped fishing birds, water buffalo and hawkers.
    Illustrator Sally also worked for three years in China.
    Highly recommended as a useful resource for a study of China, but also a gentle
    cautionary tale with three little ducks discovering the real world.

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    Sally Rippin

    Sally Rippin was born in Darwin and grew up in South-East Asia. As a young adult she studied traditional Chinese painting for three years in Shanghai and Hangzhou, which inspired her first novel Chenxi and the Foreigner.

    Sally is the author of many books for children, including the popular Billie B Brown and Hey Jack! series, and the highly acclaimed children's novel Angel Creek. Currently, she lives in Melbourne with her partner and three sons, and writes and illustrates full time.

    Sally is a regular fixture at Writing Festivals and Workshops across Australia and overseas. She also teaches Writing for Children at RMIT University, is a mentor for the Australian Society of Authors and is one of the Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge Ambassadors.

    Visit Sally Rippin's Booktopia Author Page

    ISBN: 9781921136450
    ISBN-10: 1921136456
    Audience: Children
    For Ages: 5 - 6 years old
    For Grades: K - 1
    Format: Hardcover
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 32
    Published: 20th July 2010
    Publisher: Windy Hollow Books
    Country of Publication: AU
    Dimensions (cm): 29.700 x 21.000