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I Wish That I Had Duck Feet (Beginner Books) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-11-29 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 67 user ratings
ISBN:0394800400
LANGUAGE:English

"I like the main message of this book—that the best thing to be is yourself. But there is a side character who I always feel bad for. For some reason, the main character really has it in for him. I don't know if the main character is jealous or if he has been bullied, or what, but he is not very nice to that minor character.

My kids really like this book. I think they like all of the illustrations of the main character with his different appendages: duck feet, elephant nose, whale spout, tiger tail. And then of course when he's the "which-what-who."

Is it just me, or does the school teacher look more sad than the mother when the which-what-who is in the zoo?
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"While I liked the premise of this book--a boy imagining himself with different useful animal or mechanical features, balanced with the difficulties they would cause--the illustrations disturbed me as a child. I think most kids would enjoy the imagination and the fun what-ifs, but I was kind of alienated by the idea of wanting one's body parts to transform into weird things, and the shocked reactions on the faces of people around the protagonist bothered me . . . probably because I was imagining it realistically and knowing how cruel people can be if you're a little different. (In this case the child was choosing his differences, but I'm sure in every case a huge disadvantage would be people's horrified reactions, and they were actually pictured sometimes.)" said.

"I Wish that I Had Duck Feet:
I Wish that I Had Duck Feet was one of my favorite books as a child, I believe that this is so for two main reasons. One is that the author uses a repetition of events; the main character is not content with him so he wishes that he had duck feet. The main character then goes on to explain why having duck feet would be a good, idea, but then it is overshadowed by something negative about having duck feet. The main character goes on in the same manner to talk about what crazy addition he wished he had. The narration is entertaining in this way, locking the reader into a trance of substitutions. The second reason is that once again a children’s book has a huge moral that is simply compacted into a short story, he at the end discovers that he likes the way that he is now. I hope that I can provide people with influential stories of strong moral fibre.

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"2.5. starrs

This one troubled me when I was a child, and still does as an adult.

On the surface this is a book about 'liking me for me' but underneath it's also a book about 'don't be an individual, especially a creative, out-of-the-box thinker or you will be condemned for it'. The boy's imaginings of people's reactions were correct (and the illustrations tend to suggest they are) then there are some really mean people in his life, including his mother. These are people who would set out to stifle his creativity. In contrast other, such as his teacher, seemed fairly sympathetic so there is also a counter-message.

I remember as a child my brothers enjoyed the book more than I did, in hindsight I think largely because they only ever got the superficial message and because they enjoyed the ideas of a boy with duck feet, etc. However, I am a sensitive, spirited, creative, out-of-the-box thinker who was often chastised for it, so I tended to recognize more so the underlying message of 'don't be too different or you'll be condemned', which was disheartening.

So, I think if you have children who are average, then this book would appeal to them. If however, your child(ren) is a sensitive, creative, outside-the-box, creative thinker then this book might be really problematic for her.

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" For Read Across America Day, I read this to a class of 1st graders....really enjoyed it. It's about a little boy who has a very creative imagination. Wonderful read aloud and good discussion with students too. " said.

" another book with deep meaning. in fun way it teaches that we should be who we are, not matter what we wish for. " said.

" I like this book a lot. It shows how people constantly wish to be someone else their not, but in the end they don't want to be all those things because every one of those things have negatives. This book helps with rhyming and verbs within the sentences. " said.

" To this day, I still remember one of the pictures from this book and have to give a little chuckle. It's towards the end, after the boy has spent a few pages thinking about what it would be like to have duck feet and other various animal appendages and well, I challenge you not to smirk and chuckle. It's a tall order! Beginning Readers will love this!Reading Level: 1st - 3rd grades " said.

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