Farmer Duck

Farmer Duck

Book - 1992
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When a kind and hardworking duck nearly collapses from overwork, while taking care of a farm because the owner is too lazy to do so, the rest of the animals get together and chase the farmer out of town.
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick, 1992.
ISBN: 9781564025968
Branch Call Number: WAD
Characteristics: [34] p. : col. ill.
Additional Contributors: Oxenbury, Helen - Illustrator


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jdlien Jul 29, 2013

Don't feed the animals.

JamesTKirk Jun 26, 2012

The owner might not be the nicest guy there is, but he is the OWNER. Who says that he didn't worked very hard to afford his farm? Who knows about the sacrifices he made?

Assuming that in this book (very heavy with metaphor and symbolism) the animals represent the oppressed and the farmer represent the small business owner, it is sending the wrong message to young minds.

Just because they look cute, it is easy to side with the animals. But in reality what they are doing is STEALING a very valuable property from the legitimate owner.

I will be waiting for a sequel where the Mounties arrive and totally put those "cute" animals in jail.

Feb 24, 2006

Poor Duck! He works hard all day and gets only trouble for his labor. The farmer is lazy and prefers only to shout How goes the work? Only when Duck is near collapse do the rest of the animals realize what has been going on! And with speed they turn their energy to making things right. With a very suitable ending this twist on an old folk tale makes everyone happy, except the bully of a farmer! The lovely pictures by Helen Oxenbury perfectly suit the words of Martin Waddell in this lovely book to read aloud.

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