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Reeves Bay ArtWorks Hatches First Book on The Big Duck

Reeves Bay ArtWorks announces the official publication of A Duck’s Tail by Rose Nigro. Subtitled “The Story of The Big Duck and the Small Town that Loves Her,” the children’s book was introduced by the local author during an egg hunt held the day before Easter at the historic site of The Big Duck in Flanders, New York.

Set in rhyme, the 38-page book begins: “Have you heard the story? It’s been whispered far and wide; There’s a Duck in Flanders; It’s so big, you can walk inside!” The appeal to children of all ages is further enhanced with dozens of delightful illustrations accented in bright blue and orange by Tom H. John. With four Emmy Awards and a prestigious Peabody Award, he is one of the most prominent designers in the film and television industry.

This is the only published book that is entirely devoted to the story of The Big Duck and the movement to return it to Big Duck Ranch, where the prime example of roadside architecture had nested for 50 years before being relocated. The author, Rose Nigro, was partially inspired by a speech made by former Southampton Town Supervisor Patrick “Skip” Heaney at the welcome-home ceremony in 2008.

Rose Nigro has lived on Reeves Bay in Flanders, New York, since 1997. She purchased a summer residence that was built by one of the early homeowners of Flanders. In addition to being an author, she is an artist and plein air painter. Nigro is a founding member of the Flanders, Riverside, and Northampton Community Association and the Flanders Village Historical Society. She is also the founder and CEO of Professionally Speaking, a medical call center located in Glen Cove, New York.

A Duck’s Tail is currently available for $26.95 at the gift shop inside The Big Duck, which is located at 1012 Flanders Road, Flanders, as well as at BookHampton, which is located at 16 Hampton Road, Southampton. You can also purchase the book through PayPal on the publisher’s website:

The publisher is planning a Long Island book tour. To arrange an author talk and book signing at venues such as bookstores, libraries and historical societies, please contact the author’s representative, Janice Jay Young, at 631-284-3737 or