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John Philip Duck by Patricia Polacco

John Philip Duck

by Patricia Polacco

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This was a fabulous story, I loved it so much! This story was about Peabody ducks in the Peabody hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. A boy named Edward, founded a little duck on the edge of his pond. He begged his parents to keep the duck, his mother told him that he was very little and probably wouldn’t make it. The rising action of this story is when Edward brought the duck to the hotel. He knew he had to hid it from his general manager. If he got caught with it, his dad and him would both lose their jobs. Soon, all the workers knew about the duck, and help hid it from the general manager. The climax of this story is when the duck was in the pond with the other ducks and the general manager and his friend were getting them out. Edward was almost in tears, when he told the general manager the truth about how that duck was his pet. The resolution in this story is when Edward told his general manager that he trained his duck and he knows how to do tricks and listens. All the guest where watching him with the duck and they loved it! This brought an idea to the general manager and told Edward he had a month to train all the ducks in the pond from earlier. He worked very hard training the ducks! A month passed time was up! Do you think he trained them? I guess you need to read this book too find out. I really enjoyed this book so much I don’t want to tell you the end if you haven’t read it. ( )
  lsalone | Feb 16, 2018 |
This story has elements of friendship, persistence, and loyalty that students can relate to. Edward quickly befriends the ducks, and his father and the other hotel staff are friends and loyal to one another, so they work together to help Edward and protect John. When the duck faces danger, in the form of the hotel manager, Edward steps up to defend his friend, with his father and hotel staff at his side. Edward agrees to train the other ducks and works hard to protect John and the other ducks. His persistence and loyalty pays off when he retires and John stay with him through retirement. He is surprised to find that the other ducks and their offspring also visit his farm during their annual migration time. ( )
  Tessa.Johnson | Apr 8, 2017 |
This little duck was found by a little boy by the pond. His family let him keep the duckling luckily. But when he works at the hotel on the weekends, he had to pay special attention to him. All of the other hotel employees helped hid the duckling if Edward was busy. They named him John Philip. Mr. Schutt the manager of the hotel had some hunting buddies stay at the hotel, they decided to pay a joke and put duck decoys in the fountain, but the duckling ended up being one of those ducks. Mr. Schutt was not happy to find that indeed one of those ducks was Edwards. He showed him that his duck could do a cool trick! The manager loved the duck and his tricks so Edward was hired to be the duck master and entertain the guests!! Cute story it is.
  Hayley.Hustead | Mar 22, 2017 |
The story is about a young boy how admired ducks, he found one and kept him. He trained the duck, and took the duck at the hotel where he worked. One day the manager of the hotel finds out and the duck performs for him. Soon the young boy trains many other ducks. This story is historical fiction. For the illustrations Polacco used pastels, watercolors and ink. ( )
  tflores15 | Mar 27, 2016 |
This book is set during the depression in Memphis, Tennessee at the Peabody Hotel. Edward, a young boy who enjoys John Philip Sousa’s music, dreams of having a “snappy uniform with shiny brass buttons” to march with. He works at the Peabody Hotel with his pa’ and one day befriends a duck. Edward ends up training the duck to march and impresses the hotel manager. He later ends up becoming the “duck master of the Peabody Hotel.” What we can learn from Edward is to never give up on your dream because it can come true, even in the strangest ways. He dreamed of having a snappy uniform with shiny brass buttons and he got it by become a duck master, of all things. The setting wasn’t essential to the story. I think it just played as a backdrop to a true story. ( )
  TiffanyA | Feb 4, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0399242627, Hardcover)

Edward loves his pet duck more than anything. He raised it from a baby, and now it follows him everywhere&150even to the big fancy hotel in Memphis where he works with his father. Everyone at the Peabody loves to watch that little duck do tricks; why, it can even waddle up and down in time to a John Philip Sousa march, which is why Edward decides to name it John Philip.

But one day the hotel owner finds John Philip in his lobby fountain and he is NOT amused. Until Edward has an idea. What if he can train a bevy of ducks to march along behind him, swim in the fountain all day, and then march out every evening? If Edward can do that, the owner tells him, he and John Philip will have a permanent place at the Peabody. But can it really be done?

Based on the real-life tradition of the Hotel Peabody Ducks, Patricia Polacco's latest picture book is one of her most charming to date.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:17:31 -0400)

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During the Depression, a young Memphis boy trains his pet duck to do tricks in the fountain of a grand hotel and ends up becoming the Duck Master of the Peabody Hotel.

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