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Moby-Duck by Donovan Hohn

Radio Commentator Paul Harvey, always used to end his shows with “and now you’ve head the rest of the story”.  That phrase came to mind when I recently read Moby-Duck by Donovan Hohn.  Hohn’s book, subtitled “The true story of 28,800 bath toys lost and sea” concerns  plastic ducks and other toys, known as the Friendly Floatees, which were washed overboard from a container ship in the Pacific Ocean in 1992 and have subsequently been found on beaches around the world.  Hohn’s writing is compelling and we follow him as he ‘quits [his] job, kisses [his] wife farewell and rambles about the Northern hemisphere aboard all kinds of watercraft”. When newspapers covered the story in 2003, the tale so intrigued children’s author Eric Carle, that he published 10 Little Ducks, a marvelous counting book that captures the main elements of this unusual true tale…and now YOU have heard the rest of the story!  A paired reading of these two books would be a great exercise for high school social studies or English classes…

Amy P.

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