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Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell

Farmer Duck

by Martin Waddell

Other authors: Helen Oxenbury (Illustrator)

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The rich human peasant is sitting in bed eating bonbons earned off the surplus value extracted from the duck's backbreaking labour as a tenant farmer, but the duck gonna get what's his, with the help of his furry and feathered class allies. Now this is a Maoist picture book. ( )
  MeditationesMartini | Apr 8, 2016 |
Nicely illustrated and cute story. $1 Goodwill find. Woohoo! ( )
  maddiemoof | Oct 20, 2015 |
The farmer refuses to do any work, and expects the duck to do it all. The animals on the farm join together to chase the farmer away, and give Duck his freedom.
  tracybeggs | Aug 7, 2015 |
I liked this book a lot. It had a lot of positivity even through hard times. The story’s language was simple and easy to read. The story was placed on a farm with a duck doing all the work while a famer lays in his bed. The farmer would ask “How goes the work?” and the duck would respond “quack”. Without the illustrations the reader would not be able to tell that the duck was having an awful time doing all of the work. The illustrations were dark when, bad times were occurring and bright when good things were happening for the duck. The well-constructed plot had the other farm animals stick up for the duck. This was a great idea by the author to add conflict where the farm animals not including the duck kick the farmer out of his bed put a smile on my face. I loved to see the other farm animals helping the duck when being abused by the farmer. The story was written in third person. The writing wasn’t biased but it did make the farmer look like the bad guy. The language used by the farm animals is what you would think you would hear from them. The duck said “quack, the cow said “moo”, the sheep said “baa” and etc. This book was non fiction however; having the animals not speak like humans worked well. The big idea of this book is justice. No matter what, justice should be something children look for in life. ( )
  JordanMyers | Oct 7, 2014 |
Farmer Duck
I liked “Farmer Duck” by Martin Wadell and can see two big reasons this book would be great in the classroom. First, there was repetition with the words, “How goes the work?” This was repeated throughout the book and provides great opportunity for students to read the words with you and to interact with the book. Second, the book incorporates animal sounds throughout. The duck answers the question of “how goes the work?” with “Quack”. The book follows through with “Down the lane, Moo!” and “through the fields, Baa!” This continues to give the students additional opportunity to be an active part of the book. One final reason I liked this book was the plot. The story holds suspense of the duck working hard and the farmer doing nothing. Students can learn empathy for the duck and enjoy seeing Duck’s friends come to his rescue. The author chose a farm scene and farm animals to keep young readers attention for the big idea of friendship and hard work. ( )
  areyno5 | Sep 24, 2014 |
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"Farmer Duck" is an amusing fable. Martin Waddell's awards include the Smarties Book Prize for "Can't You Sleep, Little Bear?", and "Farmer Duck", the Emil/Kurt Maschler Award for "The Park in the Dark" and the Best Books for Babies Award for "Rosies Babies". His other books include "The Big Big Sea", "Owl Babies", "Let's Go Home Little Bear", "John Joe and the Hen" and the "Little Dracula" books. Helen Oxenbury won the Kate Greenaway Medal in 1979, and her books include "Animal Allsorts" and "Curious Creatures". She has three times been Highly Commended for the Kate Greenaway Medal, and three times won the Smarties Book Prize, for "Farmer Duck, "We're Going on a Bear Hunt" and "So Much".

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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.

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Candlewick Press

6 editions of this book were published by Candlewick Press.

Editions: 1564025969, 0763621676, 076362425X, 1564029646, 076363512X, 0763651125

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