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

UPDATE TIME: 2017-05-31 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 67 user ratings
ISBN:0394800400
LANGUAGE:English

"This is one of my favorite Dr. Seuss books. I love it, because it is funny and fun to read with kids! I also like the message it gives to kids about liking yourself for who you are. Like his other books, Dr. Seuss uses rhyme and repetition in this book. He has great command of the English language. I could see this being used as a jumping off point for a writing lesson with students. You could ask them what animal body part they might think would be fun and then write about the pros and cons of having it. The book also could be used to show children that things can be good or bad depending on how you look at them. It teaches shades of grey." said.

"Although it would be great to have wings, horns, or a tail … the boy in this story begins to realize elephant noses or duck feet, among other things, aren’t such good ideas. This story was read to kindergartners for Dr. Seuss’s birthday /” Read Across America” Day. It was fun to see their faces as they imagined all the things they could do with various animal body parts. They laughed hard at the thought of combining the feet of a duck, horns of an elk, tiger tail, elephant nose, and a whale spout to all together. That was certainly an unusual character! But in the end the message that Dr. Seuss’s story relates is, it is best to be happy with who you are and just be yourself! " said.

"This is typical Dr. Seuss style writing. Of course, it's from that collection he wrote as Theo LeSieg since he wasn't the illustrator, but the illustrator/cartoonist Barney Tobey does a pretty good job of bringing the words to life. The book is bit longer than a typical beginning reader of today, but the rhyme scheme is consistent throughout and the word choice stays pretty simple too. All in all, I liked the book. I think it pairs well with And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street and If I Ran the Circus. Of course, that's just what I thought. The book is fun, and the pictures, despite being done by someone else, are plenty of fun as well." said.

"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.

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