What You Need to Know:
• The duck books are a rollicking good time, a reading experience that both children and adults will equally enjoy.
• This picture book would make a great read aloud for a young audience.
• For an older audience, this would be an appropriate read-aloud for an example of the election process and a great example of witty writing.
Sweet Book Summary:
Duck is fed up with his chores and wonders who put Farmer Brown in charge. He decides what the farm needs is an election and a new leader. “Vote Duck, for a kinder, gentler farm”. Duck campaigns, wins the Presidency, and quickly realizes running a country is no fun at all! Cronin tells the story in a humorous way to appeal to both children and adults. Lewin’s illustrations add volumes to the comedy of this funny, little story. And as a bonus, it is a nice little depiction of the electoral process. It is not going to explain the process or the Presidency like a non-fiction title, but it will be quite appropriate during an election season as a tangible and easily understandable story of an election and subsequent responsibilities of the leadership. It is also quite appropriate whenever a funny story is needed!
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