- Library Binding: 31 pages
- Publisher: Little Brown & Co (Juv); 1st edition (March 1984)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316708100
- ISBN-13: 978-0316708104
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,132,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ducks! Library Binding – March, 1984
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Scott, the main character, spends his extra seven cents to buy a huge, beautiful duck. I love this passage:
"When I held the duck, I knew it was alive. It was warm and feathery, and smelled like a living thing. It still didn't move, but I could feel its heart beating."
The duck says it's an angel. It's also a trickster and a bully. It bosses Scott around and every time he offers his own thoughts, it tells him he's wrong. It gives him one wish, but tells him what to wish for: a fancy chariot. Scott hauls the chariot home. His remarkably laid-back parents note that a chariot is no good without a horse, and as for the duck being an angel, well, ducks usually lie.
That night when Scott stands in the chariot, a silvery-white duck hitches itself to the chariot and pulls him up into a cloudy place with lots of ducks, including the original one. The original duck tells him that this is heaven and he is dead; that the other ducks aren't ducks, they're angels; that Scott looks like a duck even if he thinks he doesn't; and that "mothers and fathers usually lie." It offers to let Scott go home if he gives back the chariot, which he does.
Stuff like this really happens: People come along offering you the chance to be better, cooler, whatever -- as long as you put them in charge of who you are.
The duck has a point about mothers and fathers, of course. Are they telling the truth that ducks can't be angels?Read more ›
The first is a quote from this GREAT book, from the wise (& wise-cracking) duck of the title, that deserves to be memorized by every free-thinking American child -- the second is my first reaction to finding that "DUCKS!" by Daniel Pinkwater, the first book of his I was ever exposed to, and still my favorite of his, is out of print.
Have children of your own, but only after you get your hands on a copy of "DUCKS!". Their lives will be poorer without it.
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I've had this book for about 20 years and first read it to my younger children before they could read (they're 24 & 26 now) and I just read it to my 3 year old granddaughter who... Read morePublished on November 24, 2012 by katharine anne