Duck for President

Duck for President

by Doreen Cronin, Betsy Lewin

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My fellow Americans:

It is our pleasure, our honor, our duty as citizens to present to you Duck for President. Here is a duck who began in a humble pond. Who worked his way to farmer. To governor. And now, perhaps, to the highest office in the land.

Some say, if he walks like a duck and talks like a duck, he is a duck.

We say, if he walks like a duck and talks like a duck, he will be the next president of the United States of America.

Thank you for your vote.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781599610917
Publisher: Spotlight
Publication date: 01/28/2006
Series: Doreen Cronin Picture Bks.
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 10.26(h) x 0.32(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Doreen Cronin is the author of The Chicken Squad series, Cyclone, and many other New York Times bestselling picture books, including Click, Clack, Surprise!; Click, Clack, Ho, Ho, Ho; Click, Clack, Peep; Click, Clack, Boo!; Dooby Dooby Moo; Thump, Quack, Moo: A Whacky Adventure; Bounce; Wiggle; Duck for President; Giggle, Giggle, Quack; Bloom; and the Caldecott Honor Book Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her at


A Conversation with Doreen Cronin, Betsy Lewin & Duck

Doreen, you have given up your career as an attorney in order to take up writing children's books full-time. What inspired you to make this unusual career change?

Doreen Cronin: I actually enjoyed practicing law, but after Click, Clack, Moo had been out for about a year, it became really difficult to juggle both careers. I wanted to do more book signings, I wanted to visit classrooms, and I wanted to go to the American Library Association conferences and Book Expo America. Also, kids who wanted to write me letters started to track me down at the law firm. I'd be sitting at my desk going through motions and briefs, and a stack of first-grade Duck drawings would land on my desk. I knew it was time to go! Actually, some day I'd like to go back to practicing law, but that will be a few years from now.

Doreen, have any of your past cases served as inspiration for your books?

DC: As soon as I figure out a way to incorporate reinsurance litigation into a picture book, I'll let you know.

Doreen, you have said that one of your late father's many legacies was his sense of humor. How has his legacy influenced your writing style?

DC: For the record, I am nowhere near as funny as my dad. If my dad was writing picture books today, I'd still be practicing law! Someone asked me recently if anyone else in my family was a writer. The technical answer is no, but my father was an amazing storyteller. Because he was a police officer, every day was a new story!

Betsy, you began your career as a freelance greeting card illustrator and then began writing and illustrating stories for children's magazines. How did you come to be a children's book illustrator?

Betsy Lewin: An editor at Dodd, Mead & Co. saw a poem that I wrote and illustrated for a magazine and asked me to expand it into a thirty-two-page counting book titled Cat Count. I've been doing children's books ever since, and loving it.

Betsy, did you always know that you wanted to be an artist?

BL: I always knew I wanted to be an artist. My parents said I was born with a pencil in my hand.

Duck, how did you begin your career as a duck on Farmer Brown's farm?

Duck: As an egg; then I moved up.

Doreen, many times an author and illustrator do not meet during the publishing process. When did you meet Betsy for the first time?

DC: I can't remember exactly the first time. But after Click, Clack, Moo was published, Betsy and her husband, Ted, invited my husband and me to their home in Brooklyn and we went out for dinner. A good time was had by all!

Betsy, how has your collaborative process changed since you and Doreen first began working together?

BL: Doreen and I didn't know each other until after Click, Clack, Moo was published. We freely exchanged ideas during the making of Giggle, Giggle, Quack, which I found to be helpful to the book, plus it was a lot of fun. Doreen is very funny. Our senses of humor just seem to click.

Duck, Click, Clack, Moo received the Caldecott Honor and was a New York Times best-seller. Have you won any awards on the farm?

D: Best-Looking and Most Likely to Be Arrested.

Doreen, you collect antique typewriters. Do you use them to write your children's books?

DC: I don't have that kind of stamina! I write longhand and on the computer.

Duck, when we first met you in Click, Clack, Moo, you used a typewriter. In Giggle, Giggle, Quack you relied on a pencil and in Duck for President you use a computer to type your autobiography. Which do you prefer? Do you surf the Internet?

D: I'd prefer a wi-fi laptop, but I haven't been able to convince the boss yet. I used to surf the Net, but Farmer Brown pulled the plug after I ordered 100 copies of Animal Farm.

Betsy, you and your husband, illustrator Ted Lewin, love to travel and often visit exotic places to do research for your books. What is your favorite place to travel to?

BL: We've been to Africa and India the most times, so they're highest on the list so far.

Duck, what is your favorite vacation spot?

D: Cabo San Lucas. Fun, sun, and deep-sea fishing.

Doreen and Betsy, did you have any childhood pets?

DC: We had dogs.
BL: I had a number of dogs and cats -- nothing exotic. My favorite was a cat my father named Ajax because he played with an Ajax cleanser can. I did love Trippy, a dog who barked at everybody but the dog catcher. Sport was my first pet -- a cranky little fox terrier who chased his tail. Loved him, too.

Doreen and Betsy, did you spend any time on a farm while you were growing up?

DC: No. But when I was a reporter covering an agriculture show for my college newspaper, a cow licked my hand and I almost fainted.
BL: Yes. My hometown of Clearfield, Pennsylvania, is surrounded by farms. I had both friends and relatives who lived on farms.

Duck, have you always had political aspirations?

D: Doesn't everybody?

Duck, after you finish writing your autobiography, what will you do next?

D: I'll be taking over for Robert Novak on Crossfire.

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Duck For President 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
NC_Dad More than 1 year ago
I have read this book over and over to my son. He loves this book. I like the fact that it has some educational value as well by providing a little information about elections.
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
If you're having trouble choosing a candidate in this election year, Duck's your man or more properly 'your duck.' 'Duck is Great for 2008!' In this delightful children's story our hero may be a winner but he was once a very dissatisfied duck. He lived on a farm with many other animals and Farmer Brown. Each of the animals had a chore, and Duck thought farm work was terribly hard. So, he decided that they didn't have to do what Farmer Brown told them to do and he had an election to prove it. Sure enough, Duck beat out Farmer Brown! Well, it didn't take Duck long to discover that running a farm was actually harder work than doing chores. So, he decided to move on - he'd run for governor. You guessed it, this bird is on a winning streak! As it turned out, Duck soon discovered that running a state was no fun at all. What will he do about that? Doreen Cronin's clever narrative sings with rhymes, 'A fresh bill on Capitol Hill,' while Caldecott honoree Betsy Lewin's whimsical illustrations will bring smiles. - Gail Cooke
Guest More than 1 year ago
Since we bought the book a few weeks ago it has become my 4 year old daughter's favorite book. We read it almost every night. We also have been having several elections and recounts in our home.
frannyprice More than 1 year ago
clever, likable book. fun for kids and parents.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a timely and hilarious send-up of the election process, and what comes after. Enough sly humor for the adults to get a kick out of it, along with the kids.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 16-month old loves when I read this book to her & I am more than happy to do so. Similar to the humor of Sesame Street, it is written & illustrated in a way to amuse anyone of any age.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been looking for an age appropriate book which takes you through the election process for K-4 readers in an easy and amusing way--and I finally found it! This book has the perfect combination of substance and humor. Go Duck!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just as 'Click Clack Moo' introduced young readers to labor relations, 'Duck For President' introduces the electoral process. Using the popular character, Duck, Cronin walks young readers through the beginnings of a nation politician from someone who sees change through someone who has a hard job with little joy. Duck surprises the reader by turning out to be a hard- working leader, but eventually he yearns for the simplicity of the farm. Teachers will want to pair this one with Cronin's first book for a lovely unit on how our government works.
ericarhenry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a very entertaining picture book. I read this with a third grade class as they were learning about the election process. The book is about a farm and Duck, who is displeased with his farm chores. He is able to make his way up the election chain from head of the farm to governor to president of the country. He realizes that he actually had it very good back on the farm doing his chores so he eventually returns and all goes back to normal. I thought this was a great book for kids. The kids loved the book and I think it did a good job of educating them about the election processes and different positions of power in the government. The illustrations were also a lot of fun.
destinymbruner on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Duck does not want to do the chores he has been given by Farmer Brown so he embarks on a campaign that takes him higher and higher up the political ladder. I enjoyed reading this book and got a kick out of the character of Duck. Great moral. This would be a good book to use to prompt class elections or a discussion of elections.
cmesa1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Duck decides that he does not like the job that he has at the farm to him it is to hard so he decides to start running elections at the far so he can be incharge of the farm... after he wins he discovers that the jod is hard... nad so he decides to become governor.. then he decide to be president.. all this jobs are way to har for him... so he decides to return to the farm.. and write a book.
LeesyLou on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While the book is adorable and funny, the irony and humor are largely lost on preschoolers. Duck decides that he is overworked and underappreciated (he's expected to do chores on the farm), and tries to move up in the world, only to find that with bigger privileges come bigger responsibilities and headaches. Farmer Brown, as always, is underappreciated too, but he sticks with his farm. My pre-schooler keeps asking to have this one read over and over, apparently trying to follow what the talk of votes, numbers, political offices, and late-night television is all about.
aconant05 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a book about a duck who believes that life on the farm is too hard. He campains against the farmer to run the farm and wins. He works his way up the political ladder until he reaches the presidential election.
kshielee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is fantasy because it has talking animals in it. The setting of this story changes many times, but it is not very descriptive. It starts on a farm in some town. When duck runs for governor it never says governor of where. The setting is not a specific place, but is set in present day.
sharmon05 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a wonderful story about a duck that runs for president. This storyline makes this book a good example of a fantasy because it could not happen. The texts style is also very well crafted in this book. The basic format is repeated through each section. This makes it so this book has a good pattern and moves along easily.
hebeaton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for younger students. It is about a duck who gets fed up with his life on the farm so he decides to take political office. The pictures are great and this book is very funny. This would be good for a lesson around election time.
vnwender on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a comical book. Second graders really loved this. Duck starts off on a farm with lots of chores then funs for head of the farm, then for mayor, then for govorner, then for president. He kept leaving one job for another because he did not like them. He ended up writing his autobiography at the end. Too cute!
Arianna21 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Primary or IntermediateGenre: Fantasy- Ducks can't be farmers or presidents or governors. The duck in this book was doing all of these things. These things are just not realistic at all. This book was definitely fantasy because of it.Character: Duck was pretty flat and static. He didn't really change at the end. He should have changed and wanted to help with chores, but he ended up just sitting writing on the typewriter instead. We also don't know that much about him making him a flat character.
rwheeler08 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Genre: Modern FantasyCritique of Genre: This is an excellent example of modern fantasy because it describes a duck that is eventually elected as President of the United States, a thing that could not happen in real life. The author, however, writes in a way that makes the story believable.Age: Primary, IntermediateCritique of Setting: (See star rating above)
HollyRogers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Duck for President" is about a group of farm animals that decide to elect the Duck for president after being unsatisfied with how farmer brown was running things. This book is so cute and teaches a great lesson about hard work and chores. I would use this book as a writing lesson where I would read the book to the student then have them come up with there own imaginative stories using animals and everyday activities.
puckrobin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My favourite of the first four books in this series, in Vote for Duck/Duck for President, Cronin not only carries readers with her back to visit the hapless Farmer Brown and the ever crafty Duck, but she takes the opportunity to poke sly fun at the political process and political arena in both general terms and specifically the election of George W. Bush over Al Gore. Lewin's illustrations are as colourful and whimsical as ever, but this book offers more to chew on for the adults who might need to read and reread this book to kids several thousand times, and for teachers looking for an accessible hook for teaching politics, electoral process, media spin and the marketing of information, and political activism. Go, Duck!
szanes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Why does all government study have to be boring? This book is a great humorous look at running for office to make changes, and discovering the job is more than you ever imagined. Duck has high aspirations! Build up to this book by reading the others in the series first.
EmilyBush on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book, to me, teaches that you should be yourself. I don't feel that a young child typically deals with "Who Am I" issues. But it might hit the future road of insecurity head on. Which is always a good thing. The pictures were fun and perfect for children. The story line is also easy to follow. Overall, I liked it.
RayJones63 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Duck doesn¿t like how Farmer Brown is running the farm. He thinks he can do it better so he registers the animals to vote. They vote Farmer Brown out. Duck finds running the farm isn¿t fun and thinks being Governor would be. He runs until he becomes President and finds there is not place like being back on the farm. Duck doesn¿t like how Farmer Brown is running the farm. He thinks he can do it better so he registers the animals to vote. They vote Farmer Brown out. Duck finds running the farm isn¿t fun and thinks being Governor would be. He runs until he becomes President and finds there is not place like being back on the farm.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago