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Maria's Duck Tales by Maria Daddino

The Indie Book of the Day for 7th of November, 2012!

Genre: Memoir, Animals

This collection of short tales reveals the patience and love the author has for the wild creatures that have made her homes sanctuaries for both human and non-human friends alike. Some readers might fear that she anthropomorphizes the ducks and other wildlife that, through her repeated encounters over the years, have come to be familiar personalities and a great source of entertainment for her, given her penchant for naming them and identifying their personal quirks or speculating on their desires. However, the author reveals in glimpses how much she has researched the nature and needs of these creatures, in her very brief forays into , for example, relatively unknown facts about opossums (they eat snail and slugs and are “nature’s sanitation engineers”!) or the reluctant but firm decision to intervene only when in the best interests of the animal, ever mindful these are not pets, but wild creatures. In the end, the collection turns out to be a sweet and lively introduction to a small community of wildlife that shared her home, and an excellent reminder that the world is full of more than men. That her wild home lay so close to a major metropolis is surprising, and hopeful.

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Book Insight

  • File Size: 305 KB
  • Print Length: 110 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 160594341X
  • Publisher: Llumina Press (May 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0050D2N3Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled

Read Sample

Mother, grandmother … passionate about native gardens, birds, wildlife and collies … writer, author, believer in fairies …

Maria lives in a charming little hamlet on the magnificent East End of Long Island. Deer, turkeys, pheasants, egrets, herons, squirrels, opossums and, of course, glorious wild birds, brilliant in their feathered plumage, call her native wildlife garden home. Her extensive natural garden, certified as a wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation, has been on display in several East End garden tours.

Although Maria delights in her garden, her greatest joy comes from her children and, most especially, from her adorable grandchildren.

Maria writes a weekly community column, “From Fourth Neck,” for the Western Edition of The Southampton Press. Her essays have appeared in The Press Box in both the Eastern and Western editions of The Southampton Press, as well as in The Press of Manorville and Moriches. Her wildlife stories have also appeared in the South Shore Monthly, the Great South Bay Magazine and In the Eyes of the Wild: An Anthology of Wildlife Poetry and Short Stories.

Maria lives in East Quogue with her collie Christie, her parrot Pablo and all of her “wild-friends.

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