Maria's Duck Tales: Wildlife Stories From My Garden

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About Maria Daddino

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

Maria, a passionate gardener and wildlife enthusiast, invites and welcomes all wildlife into her garden. Her extensive native and natural garden, certified as a wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation, has been on display in several East End garden tours. Maria lives in East Quogue with her collie Christy, her parrot Pablo and all of her "wild-friends."

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.

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Maria's Duck Tales: Wildlife Stories From My Garden
Happy, sad, and at times a little whimsical, "Maria's Duck Tales: Wildlife Stories From My Garden" is a collection of short stories of the sometimes complicated, sometimes heart-breaking but always enriching relationship between a woman and the wildlife who call her garden home.


Willow Webster reviewed on Sep. 23, 2012

I won a review copy on The book is great. I am a volunteer at a rabbit rescue, take care of the rabbits at a local petco, have 4 house rabbits & am considered a rabbit nut by most who know me. I can relate to the book very easily. Anyone who loves animals will love this book. 5 stars!
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
Sharon E. Cathcart reviewed on Sep. 2, 2012

"Maria's Duck Tales" came to my attention during the Global eBook Awards ceremony, during which it won in its category. I made a note to myself that this book needed to go on my reading list, and I'm glad I did.

Maria Daddino's prose is lovely as she writes about her beloved ducks, birds and other wildlife visitors to the gardens at her various homes. She talks about the importance of animals to ecological balance, and the importance of caring for wildlife in urban areas ... but most of all, she talks about her ducks.

I found myself chuckling or crying at different points in the narrative, because the animals began to feel like friends of mine as well. Maria brought me right into her National Wildlife Federation-certified gardens with each story about Patches, Peanut, Robert and all of the other members of her duck families.

The book is beautifully illustrated with charming drawings of some of the animals about whom Maria writes.

This book is highly recommended, and it's clear to me why it has received so many accolades.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)

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