About the book: A hardworking duck is rescued from life with a lazy farmer in this award-winning picturebook classic from Owl Babies author, Martin Waddell, and Bear Hunt illustrator, Helen Oxenbury. In this Kate Greenaway Medal and Kurt Maschler Award-winning modern classic, two of the most celebrated picture book creators of our time tell the story of a hardworking duck, who has the very bad luck of living with a lazy farmer. The duck cooks and cleans, tends the fields and cares for the other animals on the farm – and all while the farmer lies in bed! That is until the day the animals decide to take action … and come to the rescue with a simple, but heroic plan.
Reasons for selection: Farmer Duck is a recognised picturebook classic. Taking the form of an animal fable, the story structure follows a standard narrative pattern that is reassuring for younger readers and helps to build a story schema. The text is memorable and the children will be keen to join in the reading
The language is simple but the sentence structure, “How goes the work?” is likely to be unfamiliar. The repetition and illustrations clarify the meaning.
About Take One Book: The books in the Take One Book collection can be used in conjunction with the Take One Book website, or independently. Take One Book is Just Imagine’s programme for teaching reading and English using high quality literature. You can find further information and free exemplar units on the Take One Book website takeonebook.org
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