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Farmer Duck (Big Books Series) Paperback – 2 Sep 1996

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Product details

  • Paperback: 33 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd; New edition edition (2 Sept. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0744547792
  • ISBN-13: 978-0744547795
  • Product Dimensions: 37.5 x 0.5 x 40.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 680,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This Big Book edition is perfect for sharing with groups of children.

A lazy and fat farmer spends all day in bed, eating chocolates and reading the newspaper, while his poor duck has to do all the work on the farm. One evening, the exhausted duck collapses in tears, to be comforted by chickens. The farm animals are very fond of the duck, and outraged by the farmer's behaviour, so they hatch a plan.

This engaging cross between Cinderella and George Orwell's Animal Farm, won the Smarties Book Prize, was British Book Awards Children's Illustrated Book of the Year and was also Highly Commended for the Kate Greenaway Medal. (Ages 4 to 8)--Lisa Gee

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"Exceptional...a book to linger over. Martin Waddell's text is simple and spare but it carries a powerful message." - CHILDREN'S BOOKS OF THE YEAR "Marvellously expressive pictures and a satisfying text make this the outstanding picture book of the year." - THE SUNDAY TIMES --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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My mum bought this book for my brother when he was young as he was a great lover of ducks! I can remember sitting down to read it, one of his first words was "quack." Even now, as an adult of almost 27, my mum will telephone me and ask "How goes the work?"

This is a fantastic book, with catchy phrases, a great storyline and lovely pictures that children are sure to enjoy. It has certainly made it into my collection of happy childhood memories!
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A sensitive story about exploitation which will be understood by the very youngest of children: downtrodden Duck works for gluttonous, lazy Farmer until his friends plan a rebellion on his behalf. The language is lyrical, the illustrations beautiful, and my children loved it!
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My parents used to read this book to me when I was a toddler, about 17 years ago now! We have since bought the book as a gift for countless cousins and friends. It is a fantastic story with beautiful illustrations. I truly loved this book, and even now I can still remember nearly all of the words. A perfect introduction to more socialist values for a younger generation, and a gentle reminder to us all not to let the "lazy farmers" exploit the "ducks". Whatever your political standing though, this really is an amazing children's book that will be loved by all the family. You will find yourself answering "Quack!" in response to "How goes the work?" for many years to come.
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The illustrations in this book are delightful. The story is simple enough for a two year old with the repetition - my granddaughter has made the storyline into a game in which she asks me 'how goes the work' and I have to quack when I am busy.
As she has matured she loves it more as she grasps the concept - telling me that 'I'm like Farmer Duck' when I asked her to do something the other day and she thought I was doing nothing like the lazy farmer. I do wonder if the farmer was depressed though..must be something to do with the state of farming today? It's still one of our favourites along with fix it duck and the three billy goats fluff.
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When I was a child I had this book and I think it is brilliant. It's very like a children's version of Animal Farm, which in my opinion is really good. When I read Animal Farm a couple of years ago I kept thinking of this book. I still find myself quoting it now, 'How goes the work?'. I fully intend to buy this book for my children if it is still being printed by then!
A brilliant children's book.
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Bought as a set of 3 with Owl Babies and Pig in the Pond for a 6 yr old. Great stories, fantastic illustrations and a very good buy. Have recommended to friends - so praise indeed.
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Great book. Very funny, my grandson loves the book and the dvd. I found it really easy to to interact with my grandson using the book/dvd.
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Let's face it; who wants to be discussing Hegelian dialectic with a three year old? This is a good way to introduce Marxism to the kids - or indeed anyone with a limited intellect - without that messy business at the end of Animal Farm. Socialist utopian fun for all the family.
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