The Sissy Duckling

The Sissy Duckling


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From Tony Award–winning actor and playwright Harvey Fierstein, a funny and touching story of a duckling who embraces his identity.

Elmer is not like the other boy ducklings. While they like to build forts, he loves to bake cakes. While they like to play baseball, he wants to put on the halftime show. Elmer is a great big sissy. But when his father is wounded by a hunter’s shot, Elmer proves that the biggest sissy can also be the greatest hero.

Acclaimed actor and playwright Harvey Fierstein has crafted a heartwarming story, based on his award-winning HBO animated special, about learning to embrace the special qualities we all possess. Henry Cole’s gently humorous illustrations give it a new vitality. This is a book to share with all children, to help them understand that each one of them is unique and valuable.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416903130
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date: 05/17/2005
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 591,656
Product dimensions: 10.50(w) x 8.37(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile: AD650L (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Harvey Fierstein is a four-time Tony Award-winning writer, actor, and gay-rights activist. In 1983, he received two Tonys for writing and starring in Torch Song Trilogy, received a third Tony the following year for writing La Cage aux Folle, and another in 2003 for Best Actor in Hairspray. Film audiences know him best for his scene-stealing antics in Mrs. Doubtfire and Independence Day, and he lent his trademark gravelly voice to Disney’s Mulan as Mulan’s soldier friend. He has made numerous TV appearances, including an Emmy-nominated appearance on Cheers and on a classic episode of The Simpsons as Homer’s assistant, Karl. Children know him as the Easter Bunny from the Emmy-winning Elmo Saves Christmas. Harvey also wrote the book for the play Kinky Boots, which won the 2013 Tony for Best Musical.

Henry Cole has written and illustrated more than fifty books for children, including Spot, the Cat; And Tango Makes Three; Oink?; and Little Bo in France. He is also the illustrator of With a Little Help from My Friends by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. A former elementary school teacher, he now writes and paints full time.

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The Sissy Duckling 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A terribly fun book about individuality. It¿s about a dad so worried about what other people think and say about how he raises his boy that, he tries to persuade his son Elmer to do ¿masculine¿ things like play baseball instead of bake or paint. But not every boy likes to play baseball (nor every girl bake) and though an outcast Elmer stays true to himself and amazes everyone with his unique abilities and insights. It¿s a predictable but beautiful tale, written by an author experienced in being unique and being true to that uniqueness (brilliant actor, gay-rights-activist Harvey Fierstein). I find any book written form experience is a book worth reading, a book which speaks form the heart and ¿The Sissy Duckling¿ is no exception. I would even go so far as to say that this book, like many other children¿s books¿The Little Prince by St.Antoine and The Butterfly by Jay Singh¿is written for adults. Absolutely. It has a lot to say to people from all walks of life. A great book to read to your kids, to discuss in class, or give to someone terribly original who might need a little pick-me-up! Very pleased with this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Poor Elmer the Duckling is just a regular guy trying to be who he is. Much like many ducks out there. This warming and much needed children's tale is a triumph in my opinion. Kids of all ages will enjoy this tale of a duck that is just not 'normal,' but is just as great as can be anyway, with a twist of family values to boot. A toast to author Harvey Fierstein!
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kmsmith13 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This would be a very controversial book to read to students because it deals with a sissy boy duck. This raises awareness to issues such as gender roles. This book can cause for heated debate and even mad parents so you might want to choose this book carefully when reading it in the classroom.
JamieJohnson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Sissy Duckling is a book that highlights a duck that isn't like the rest. He is "sissy" and doesn't play sports but bakes cookies. This book would be good if you have a certain student that may act different from the rest.
ironicqueery on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Excellent book that teaches children and adults the value of acceptance of others. Wonderful artwork and storyline that lauds the value of individuality and appreciating everyone's unique abilities.
amydross on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
awful. I don\'t know how Fierstein got talked into this humorless rubbish.