Cornell Lab Publishing (April, 2017)
From Kirkus Reviews
"This companion volume to On Bird Hill (2016) again speaks to the joy of paying attention to one’s surroundings. The text describes some of the pond’s inhabitants: trout, turtles, tadpoles, a bullfrog, and a blue heron. The illustrations show many more... Young readers and listeners will be encouraged to discover them in their habitat on these pages. Marstall’s delicately colored paintings are less whimsical and more realistic than in the previous book. They show the pond from many angles, including close-up images of lily pads and broad vistas. Another fine entry for a “sense of wonder” collection."
From Publishers Weekly
"The team behind On Bird Hill (2016) returns with an intimate reflection on a small Massachusetts pond, where a placid scene can change at a moment’s notice. While On Bird Hill had a certain dreamlike quality, particularly in Marstall’s slightly surreal artwork, this story feels grounded in careful, quiet observation....A sunlit glow seems to infuse Marstall’s landscapes, and he’s carefully attentive to the physical details of the birds, frogs, and other creatures the boy notices."
"Written with simplicity and subtle sensory cues, Yolen’s extended poem establishes a strong sense of place as well as a mood that shifts with the arrival and departure of the ducks. An expressive painter, Marstall contributes a series of scenes that define the landscape and its inhabitants with subtlety, grace, and humor...A sequel to Yolen and Marstall’s On Bird Hill (2016), this picture book reflects a solid understanding of the natural world. Both the words and the illustrations are well crafted, but together they become something more: a beautiful picture book that is unexpectedly moving." Carolyn Phelan
From Mazza Book Reviews
Picture book master Jane Yolen uses rhyme and rhythm to describe a disturbance that starts off with a flock of ducks landing on Old Duck Pond. Bob Marstall’s watercolor illustrations are true to life in color and style. They beautifully reflect the action of the ducks’ disturbance and then the settling down of the whole scene. This enchanting book is sure to inspire readers to take nature walks to witness the actions, as well as the stillness, of the wild creatures they see." Melissa Cain
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Yolen, who’s been called the Hans Christian Andersen of today, is a multi-award-winning poet and author (Caldecott Medal for “Owl Moon,” 1988). Her gentle story follows a boy and a dog on a morning visit to Old Duck Pond. Marstall’s nature scenes are breathtaking. A fine way to nudge young children toward their own nature treks." Julie Bookman