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The Sissy Duckling Paperback – June 1, 2005
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Top Customer Reviews
The story of Elmer, the different, special ducking is unique. It is funny and touching.
Anyone who has ever had a son that was different from the other boys, a son who preferred dress-up to football, baking to Pokemon, will appreciate this book.
My son does not play football or rough and tumble sports. He would rather read about knights or pirates or Napoleon. He would rather dress up as a Ninja or King than kick a soccer ball. He is not like the other boys his age --- he is more sensitive and compassionate. He is fiercly loyal and terribly creative.
If you have a unique, special little guy in your life, this is the book for him.
Oh, and I like to think of Elmer as Sassy - willing to fly his own course - rather than Sissy.
Concern that sissy boys will become homosexuals seems to be the main reason sissies are bullied, and told to be more masculine. But the fact is it doesn't work. People are people, and some of us are sissies, and some of the sissies, and some of the non-sissies, will grow to be homosexuals.
This book acknowledges that people are different, and our differences are what makes a world. This book is must reading for sissies, as well as the parents and teachers who deal with them.
Some people fear showing this to their children because of the "mean faces" and "mean names," but children's stories are plenty dark aleady, sometimes even more so. I think the old "Ugly Duckling" is much sadder. Depends on the kid, of course, but it's your job as a parent to guide them through a story and explain things fairly. It's both a fable and a deeper story.
To the people who are barking about the "gay agenda": I feel sorry for you because you've resigned yourself to believing your ill-informed propaganda.
To the people who are "closeted homophobes", who try to bury their real criticism under complaints about the word "sissy" and use the oh-so-clever, "it's okay to be gay as long as they act straight in public": you're not fooling anyone and you're not helping anything. You're totally missing the point of the book and reading into all the wrong things.
Harvey Fierstein, great applause for you!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I adore this book! Excellent purchasing experience. Would purchase for every child if I could.Published 2 months ago by L. Shanklin
A great story with a wonderful message. My son and I both love to read this one. Wonderful pictures as well.Published 11 months ago by Josh
A friend had shared the story with me which touched my heart. As a substitute teacher, she read this book to a class of second graders. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Singing Bookkeeper
the sissy duckling is a hysterically well-written children's book by harvey firestein. i bought this copy for my niece, who just had a baby. Read morePublished on June 13, 2014 by R. Miller
My son's class was asked to read this book by his teacher, it's a great book. I definitely recommend it.Published on November 5, 2013 by CA
This is a beautiful story with a wonderful message. Unlike the Ugly Duckling, you don't have to wait to turn beautiful; you're beautiful right now.Published on October 24, 2013 by A. Maxwell