Farmer Duck – Martin Waddell, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

 Farmer Duck – Martin Waddell,  illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, Candlewick Press; 9780763689186  , c1991, 2017 (25th anniversary edition) 

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre:  Children’s picture book

What did you like about the book? This classic, charming tale of an earnest, hardworking duck veers off the typical plot path. The cow, sheep and chicken quickly recognize that the lazy farmer has relinquished all his work duties, forcing the duck to assume his chores. The animals ban together, over throw and expel the farmer, creating a peaceful animal cooperative community. This was a fun, empowering story for young and old readers alike!  The comical expressions of the animals and clever illustrations brought this cautionary tale to life by clearly illustrating the values of fairness and justice. It is as relevant today as 25 years ago!

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book? Librarians at Elementary Schools, Environmental teachers at Nature centers, parents that encourage  values and community building philosophy

Who should buy this book? Elementary school libraries, Preschool  and nature centers

Where would you shelve it ? Children’s picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State:Diane Neylon, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 

Date of review: 4/13/2017


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