Farmer Duck
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  • Farmer Duck

Farmer Duck

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by Martin Waddell, Helen Oxenbury

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Farmer Duck is no ordinary duck--and this is no ordinary picture book. A glorious and utterly satisfying modern fable illustrated with that special blend of humor and pathos unique to bestselling artist Helen Oxenbury. Full color. See more details below

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Farmer Duck is no ordinary duck--and this is no ordinary picture book. A glorious and utterly satisfying modern fable illustrated with that special blend of humor and pathos unique to bestselling artist Helen Oxenbury. Full color.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A poor duck is overworked by a lazy farmer-until the duck's farm friends mete out their own brand of barnyard justice. "Young readers will flap for joy right along with the endearing web-footed hero," said PW in a starred review. Ages 3-up. (Mar.)
Publishers Weekly
Candlewick teams with British sister company Walker Books for this adaptation of Waddell's popular picture book. A reading of the full text kicks off a program jam-packed with extras. Oddie gives the lazy farmer an appropriately grating voice as he continually hollers, "How goes the work?" to the ever-laboring Duck. Gibson's original music makes a pleasant accompaniment, though in the places where Oddie uses a softer tone, it nearly overpowers him. Oddie and Aldred then lead listeners in a series of games and activities including identifying animal sounds, imagining being an animal and acting out passages of the story-many of them suitable for preschool classroom or playgroup use. Near the end of the proceedings, a cast of children perform the story as a mini play and listeners have the opportunity to tell the story themselves, karaoke-like, during a track that has music only. The youngest listeners may puzzle over a stray Britishism ("cockerel" instead of rooster) and may initially have some difficulty with the British accents, but overall, the upbeat, creative energy here is likely to win over a large audience. Ages 3-7. (May) FYI: Candlewick Audio is simultaneously releasing four additional CD adaptations of picture books, including Can't You Sleep, Little Bear? by Waddell and This Is the Bear by Michael Rosen. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
On a farm, which may be just a few miles away from anywhere, there is a duck who has a truly dreadful life. This poor animal has to work all day, taking care of the entire farm by itself while the farmer lies in bed all day. All day long the farmer yells out "How goes the work?" and all day long the duck answers "Quack!" It is hard to imagine an animal more taken advantage of than this duck. Luckily, the other animals living on the farm decide that enough is enough and take matters into their own hands, or rather into their own hooves and claws. Their love of the duck drives them to do what they can to help. For a little light entertainment the author has added the voices of the animals throughout this charming board book, which should provide plenty of noisy amusement when reading the book out loud during story time. Helen Oxenbury manages with some of her artist's magic to give the poor duck just the right droop in its shoulders so we know just how tired it is. We know just how fed up it is, and just how delighted it is in the end when it realizes that its life of drudgery is over. Oxenbury gives each of the animals a character without making it either cute or human-like. The animals are still very animal-like, and at the same time, they have thoughts and opinions of their own. With a "Moo!" a "Baa!" and a "Cluck!" this is a book that will be read over and over again. 2003, Candlewick Press,
— Marya Jansen-Gruber
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-- Waddell's waddler is a real winner. In all kinds of weather, this downtrodden duck hauls in the sheep, tends the hens, and does the housework as well. ```How goes the work?''' the farmer repeatedly asks. ```Quack,''' the duck constantly replies--until all the barnyard animals convene to help the exhausted servant exact revenge and oust the lazy lout. Hilarious art masterfully captures the expressions of the put-upon duck, the supportive cast, and the slovenly ergophobic who reads the newspaper and chomps on bonbons in bed. All the while, the use of subtle shading and light reflect the passing of time on the farm and the serenity of the English countryside. Bled double-page spreads burst with life and vitality in a tale that has undertones of Animal Farm and The Bremen Town Musicians . With its lilting, large-print text and satisying resolution, it's as perfect for beginning readers as it is for story hours. --Trev Jones, School Library Journal

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Candlewick Press
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Product dimensions:
5.96(w) x 6.72(h) x 0.64(d)
360L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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