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Farmer Duck Big Book (Candlewick Press Big Book) Paperback – September 2, 1996
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"Farmer Duck" follows the unlikely premise of a duck that runs a farm all by his lonesome. The actual farmer in charge of the place is a lazy no good so-and-so who would rather eat bon bons in bed than take the time to do any work. While the man relaxes in his shirtless luxury (occasionally shouting out a helpful, "How goes the work?") the duck cuts the wood, weeds the gardens, washes the dishes, irons the clothing, and pretty much does everything that needs doing. When at long last the duck grows, "sleepy and weepy and tired" (what a great way to describe any child that has gone too long without a nap, by the way), the other farm animals decide that enough is enough. Joining forces they run that rotten farmer out of town and set about all doing the chores equally with the duck in charge.
The plot is good. The illustrations are brilliant.Read more ›
*Farmer Duck* is just as inclined politically towards the Protestant Work Ethic as it is towards Socialism. The lesson in this short and simple tale is that lazy and unproductive people will eventually get their come-uppance. Personally, I find it has more of a `French Revolution' flavor but without the guillotine and the violence.
As I read their comments, I find some reviewers are reading a different book than I.
The farmer is portrayed as a lazy and unproductive human because he IS a lazy and unproductive human. He calls from his bed and chair "How goes the work?" rather than put his pants on and go outside like a proper supervisor to view the work in progress.
The animals chase the lazy farmer out of the farmhouse. They don't lay a feather on him. He doesn't resist to defend his 'rightful ownership'. He just runs away, coward that he is..
On the literary analysis level, let's keep things in context. The microcosm presented here is 'Farmer Duck', not *Animal Farm*. Plagiarism? Come on. Comparing the *Farmer Duck* 'philosophy' to *Animal Farm*'s is like comparing a pair of garden shears to a corn harvesting combine.
What makes *Farmer Duck* such a good tool is it's the kind of story that you as a parent can talk with your kids about. Ask them what they felt about the relationships between the farmer, duck, and the animals. Ask them how each character's behavior affected them.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My daughter is now in her 20s and still remembers this book well. Her response to the question "how goes the work" continues to be "Quack! Read morePublished 4 months ago by DWC
Book arrived in good condition and my little granddaughter liked it a lot.Published 7 months ago by Jarvis
I love the drama of this book and the related issues that arise for a variety of ages to ponder on. Wonderful!Published 11 months ago by Anna alroe
This book is so wonderful. My kids love farmer duck and by the end of the book are ready to throw the farmer off the farm.Published 15 months ago by B. Wilkens
Excellent book and audio . Amazon was reasonably priced and it came super quick,Published 17 months ago by Jayne L.