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Don't Fidget A Feather
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Don't Fidget A Feather

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by Erica Silverman, S.D. Schindler (Illustrator)
 

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Duck and Gander compete in a "freeze in place" contest--whoever moves first loses--and buzzing bees, bouncing bunnies, swarming crows, and whooshing winds test both contestants. But the real winner proves his mettle when Fox picks his prey.

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Duck and Gander compete in a "freeze in place" contest--whoever moves first loses--and buzzing bees, bouncing bunnies, swarming crows, and whooshing winds test both contestants. But the real winner proves his mettle when Fox picks his prey.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A pair of competitive waterfowl have a freeze-in-place contestuntil a fox happens by. "Duck and Gander, with their comic expressions, are an endearing pair," said PW. Ages 4-7. (May)
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
This is a story with drama and universal appeal. Duck and Gander are competitors. Duck suggests they have a "freeze-in-place" contest. "Don't move! Don't talk! Don't fidget a feather!" Neither one will give in no matter who is bothering them. Fox appears. Who will be the first to "fidget" or will they end up in Fox's cooking pot? The illustrations portray the idyllic scene yet, underscore the impending danger and the subtle humor. Success guaranteed!
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Brimming with confidence, Duck and Gander challenge one another to contests of swimming and flying, hoping to establish once and for all who is the ``champion of champions.'' When the results are inconclusive, Duck suggests a freeze-in-place contest. A host of hilarious interruptions arise to break their concentration, but both remain perfectly still. The situation turns ominous when Fox stumbles onto the contestants and sees an easy dinner. He drags them into his den and prepares a savory stew, until, at the last minute, Duck sacrifices the contest to save Gander from the pot. The story closes with the two friends sharing a steaming bowl of vegetable stew. Children are sure to identify with these characters and their friendly, yet relentless, pursuit to do each other ``one better.'' Schindler's soft illustrations capture the colors of the forest, growing appropriately darker as the crisis builds. As in Silverman and Schindler's Big Pumpkin (Macmillan, 1992), there is just enough predictability here to keep youngsters involved. The engaging art and energetic story line make this a perfect choice for reading aloud.-Lisa S. Murphy, formerly at Dauphin County Library System, Harrisburg, PA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689819674
Publisher:
Aladdin
Publication date:
05/28/1998
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
647,587
Product dimensions:
8.31(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Erica Silverman is the author of several books including Big Pumpkin; When the Chickens Went on Strike, which was a Sydney Taylor Honor book; and Sholom's Treasure, which won the Sydney Taylor Award and was a runner-up for the National Jewish Book Award. Her books have received the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award, the California Young Reader Medal, ABA Pick of the List, and the first book in her early-reader series Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa won the Theodore Seuss Geisel Honor. She lives in Los Angeles, California. Visit her at www.ericasilverman.com.

S. D. Schindler is the popular and versatile illustrator of many books for children, including Big Pumpkin and the ALA Notable Book Don't Fidget a Feather, both by Erica Silverman, How Santa Got His Job by Stephen Krensky, and Johnny Appleseed by Rosemary and Stephen Vincent Benét. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Don't Fidget A Feather 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading this book once to my son, I kept 'catching' him with it. He absolutely loves it. Of course, he kept insisting the fox put the gander in the crock pot!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is so much fund and such a treasure! It captures the spirit of a child's need for competition, has drama and celebrates the gift of friendship and courage. All this is told in a wonderful language and with delightful illustrations.