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Funny Frank by Dick King-Smith

Funny Frank

by Dick King-Smith

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Magda's dad and I finished reading this book aloud to her on March 24, 2012. I interviewed Magda (who is two-and-a-half) about it on March 26, 2012. Here's what she had to say:

What book is this?
Funny Frank
Do you know who wrote it?
Uh, Dick King-Smith!
What’s it about?
Dick King-Smith!
Haha, no, I mean what happens in the book?
He gets killed.
Who gets killed?
Uh, Funny Frank’s family.
Oh yeah, some of them do get killed.
But not his mom. Who saves his mom?
The fox come and she was killed but she wasn’t killed.
Who scared the fox away?
Uh, Funny Frank!
That’s right! So what kind of animal is Funny Frank?
A duck!
Is he really a duck?
He is.
So can he swim in the pond with the other ducks?
No, he can’t.
Why not?
He can’t.
But ducks can swim. Isn't he a duck?
No, he’s not. He’s a chicken.
Ah, he’s a chicken. So how does he swim? Does someone help him?
Jemia! (she means Jemima)
What does Jemima give Frank? A wetsuit! And feet!
So he can swim?
Would you like to put on a wetsuit and feet and go swim with ducks?
What happens when Funny Frank grows up? Does he grow up to be a duck, or a rooster?
A rooster! He says Cockle-doodle-do!!
And he doesn’t try to be a duck anymore?
No, but he still goes to the duck pond to say hi.
Did you like this book?
I did!
What was your favourite part?
All the ducks! ( )
  CozyBookJournal | Mar 27, 2012 |
I like this book because it is about a chicken who wants to swim so day after day he watches the ducks all the time. When he tries to swim he starts to drown. There are these really mean ducks who say " you can't do it " but he tries real hard and i can't tell you the rest you have to find out about it yourself!!!
ELIZA! ( )
  mrsleishman | Sep 30, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0440418801, Paperback)

Being a duck isn’t all it’s quacked up to be.

But don’t try telling that to Frank—he’s a chicken with a dream. All he thinks about are webbed feet, waterproof feathers, and the cool water of the pond. So when Frank takes a dip and nearly drowns, his mood turns foul. Luckily, he gets a little human help—in the form of a man-made wet suit and a pair of flippers—and soon he’s the speediest bird in the water. And while Frank knows he’s ruffled a few feathers, he doesn’t care—there’s just too much for him to crow about.

Until a certain young chick catches his eye, that is. . . .

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Gertie the hen is appalled when her son Frank wants to swim with the ducks, but Jemima and her mother, the farmer's wife, make him a special outfit so that his dream can come true.

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