The Little Wood Duck

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The little wood duck keeps swimming round and round in circles. All the other animals laugh at him, but this is the only way he can swim. Then a hungry fox comes looking for a meal. All the little ducklings are scared. And it is the little wood duck who saves the day.

(paperback reissue of ISBN 0-19-272101-1)

The animals by the lake make fun of little Wood Duck for swimming in circles, but his uniqueness proves to be useful.

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Overview


The little wood duck keeps swimming round and round in circles. All the other animals laugh at him, but this is the only way he can swim. Then a hungry fox comes looking for a meal. All the little ducklings are scared. And it is the little wood duck who saves the day.

(paperback reissue of ISBN 0-19-272101-1)

The animals by the lake make fun of little Wood Duck for swimming in circles, but his uniqueness proves to be useful.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Keri Collins
In Brian Wildsmith's brilliantly illustrated story, Mother Wood Duck lays six beautiful eggs and eagerly waits for them to hatch. She thinks all of the ducklings are perfect, until she takes them to the lake and discovers one baby is different. Five ducklings can swim in a straight line. But no matter how hard the youngest duckling tries, he can swim only in circles. His siblings taunt, his mother scolds, and the woodland animals tease. Even though the wise owl discovers an enlarged foot is causing the problem—the duckling cannot help it, he has a physical challenge—there is no remedy for the sad duckling. Only when his disability foils the hungry fox by making him dizzy do the other animals appreciate the youngest duckling's uniqueness. The book is promoted as one that will teach children about tolerance and individuality. However, the adult animals' insensitive behavior does little to model appropriate reactions to intolerance and disability. The owl calls the teasers stupid, while Mother Wood Duck is proud of her youngest duckling only when he saves the lives of her other offspring. The reissue of this 1972 publication is a testament to Wildsmith's skill and popularity as an artist who portrays nature with a vibrant palette; unfortunately, the text is not as timeless in its handling of a sensitive topic.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595720429
  • Publisher: Star Bright Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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