Story line - Story about a selfish farmer that gets the duck to do all the work, while he sits in bed eating chocolate. But one day the animals all see that duck is getting angry so they all creep in on the farmer and break his bed while he’s sleeping. The farmer gets up and runs away and never comes back.
Early Years Teachers - This book proved to be an invaluable resource on my teaching placements. As with this well respected and loved children's author, Martin Waddell, this is a great book with a good story line. It is so versatile and can be enjoyed by many ages. It is really easy to engage with as there are so many possible themes in the story which can be explored to a suitable depth dependent on the children's ages.
Themes include: sharing, manners, friendship, helping, animals and farms.
Activity ideas: discussion about how the duck may have felt doing all the work; discussion about what would happen to the farmer if he kept doing what he was doing; writing a letter to either the duck or the farmer expressing their own opinions on the matter; role playing the story using the key phrase "how goes the work?"; discussing how the work could be shared out evenly if they were the farmer; exploring farm animals, their habitats and potentially visiting a farm.
The DVD is a great added extra and can be used to entice the children into the story.
Would recommend to any early years teacher or parent.