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Adventures of Topsy and Sunshine
Author Vanda McGalliard Kincaid
Illustrated by Beverly Miller
Publisher Waldenhouse Publishers, Inc.
Description 5.5" x 8.5" chapter book 36 pages on 50# whte archival paper; 24 color illustrations $14.95
Availability August 2018
Order From Illustrator Beverly Miller
The Adventures of Topsy and Sunshine is a chapter book for children of elementary school age. It is the life story of two yellow drake ducklings, Topsy and Sunshine, from the time they are born on Mr. Brown’s farm, become pets for two sisters, Susan and Marie, and enjoy life’s adventures thereafter. It features 24 full color illustrations in 12 chapters.




Library of Congress Control Number: 2018908942

JUV002280 Juvenile Fiction : Animals - Ducks, Geese, Etc.
JUV002190 Juvenile Fiction : Animals Pets
JUV002090 Juvenile Fiction : Animals - Farm Animals
Printed in the Unted States of America

Illustrated by Beverly Miller
Edited by Betty Kincaid Blankenship
Type and Design by Karen Paul Stone
Printed in
the United States of America















About the Author:
     Vanda McGalliard Kincaid was born April 10, 1915, the fifth child of eight. Growing up, she and her siblings had to work hard on the family farm to keep the family fed and cared for. She and her husband and two daughters lived in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountins near the small town of Lenoir, North Carolina. She was a loving, dutiful wife, mother and grandmother who enjoyed living and observing the simpler things of life.

     Kincaid was a member of the Littlejohn's Methodist Church, of Gamewell, North Carolina, where she served as Sunday School Teacher, Bible Study Teacher, and Sunday School Superintendent.
She worked for many years in the Caldwell County Tax and Health Departments. She was very active in politics, working at voting polls and serving in the League of Women Voters. She was a member of the Gamewell Senior Citizens Group where she served as president for several years.

About the Editor:
     Betty Kincaid Blankenship, now retired, worked in the Caldwell County Health Dept. where she had worked with Mrs. Vanda Kincaid. Mrs. Blankenship is active in her church and enjoys baking and playing the piano. Mrs. Blankenship, her husband, Harold, and their one son and daughter-in-law live in the city of Lenoir, North Carolina.

About the Illustrator:
Beverly Annette Miller taught in an Early Childhood educational environment for 12 years in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She is a former member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, Tennessee Association for the Education of Young Children, Southern Early Childhood Association, and a Child Development Associate from the National Credentialing Program. She and her husband Jeffrey have three sons and five grandchildren.
















  • A very loving story.
    Julia, age 10
  • In this book when you read the first page, it makes you want to read the whole story. It has good and bad parts, like the person who hurt the ducks, but others helped them; some people were going to steal the ducks, but there were other good people.
    Caroline, age 8
  • It makes me want to have pet ducks. When the ducklings were separated, I was upset at first, but it has compassion, and I really like that.
    Lenore, age 10
  • I liked it. I think if a kid was enjoying it because it's good, they would want to read it in school as a chapter book.
    John, age 8
  • It has a mystery; where did the colored ducks came from, and how did they get there.
    Tristan, age 8
  • Contents:
    Preface: Topsy and Sunshine
    1: Spring Comes to the Brown Farm
    2: Are the Ducks Missing?
    3: Farmer Brown Makes a Decision
    4: Easter at the Brown Farm
    5: The Barnes Family Goes to Town
    6: The School Harvest Festival
    7: The Risk of Freedom
    8: Topsy and Sunshine's Surprise
    9: The Community Swimming Pool
    10: Topsy and Sunshine's New Friends
    11: Winter at the Barnes Farm
    12: The Barnes' Duck Farm Business
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