Farmer Duck

Farmer Duck

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By (author) Martin Waddell, Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

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  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 40 pages
  • Dimensions: 222mm x 242mm x 4mm | 200g
  • Publication date: 4 September 1995
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 074453660X
  • ISBN 13: 9780744536607
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 22,979

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In this Kate Greenaway Medal and Kurt Maschler Award-winning modern classic, two of the most celebrated picture book creators of our time tell the story of a hardworking duck, who has the very bad luck of living with a lazy farmer. The duck cooks and cleans, tends the fields and cares for the other animals on the farm - and all while the famer lies in bed! That is until the day the animals decide to take action ...and come to the rescue with a simple, but heroic plan.

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Born in Belfast, Martin Waddell was an aspiring football player for many years, before turning his hand to writing. He is now widely regarded as one of the greatest living children's writers, and has over 220 published titles to his name. He is perhaps best known for Owl Babies, illustrated by Patrick Benson and Farmer Duck, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury; as well as the 1989 Kurt Maschler Award-winning The Park in the Dark and the Little Bear series, both illustrated by Barbara Firth. In 2004, Martin received the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for his lasting contribution to children's literature, the highest career recognition available to a writer or illustrator of children's books. He lives in Newcastle, County Durham.

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A faithful duck labors while the indolent farmer lazes in bed, eating candy and occasionally inquiring, "How goes the work?" - to which the duck replies, "Quack!" When the duck grows "sleepy and weepy and tired," the other animals hatch a plan, succinctly expressed: "Moo!" "Baa!" "Cluck!" They enter the house, climb the stairs, tip the sleeping farmer out of his bed and chase him away forever. Come morning, the duck arrives to slave alone as usual but finds the other animals eager to pitch in. The sanctimonious moral of "The Little Red Hen" gets a salutary restructuring here, with the focus on the duck's uncomplaining toil and the other animals' generosity. Waddell's narration is a marvel of simplicity and compact grace; Oxenbury's soft pencil and watercolor illustrations have the comic impact of masterly cartoons, while her sweeping color and light are gloriously evocative of the English farm scene. Like Waddell's Can't You Sleep Little Bear? (p. 58): a book with all the marks of a nursery classic. (Kirkus Reviews)