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Summary: Five, a baby duck, is born with rubber legs. Because of this, he can do different things than his other family members. The story shows him protecting his family from mean animals. This is a story with a moral about acceptance.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 9 to 11
Interest Level: 3 to 7
Reading Level: 3.2
Age of Child: Read with four-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: I picked this book because I thought my daughter would like it. She didn't. She didn't think it was funny, felt bad for Five, and felt bad that others did not understand him. She also did not really understand why he would have rubber legs. She asked me to stop reading it and change to a different book.
Adult Reader Reaction: I didn't like this book. I tried to read it before I shared it with my daughter, and thought "well, maybe I am just to old to enjoy the book." When she did not like the book either I knew it was not just me. It didn't make sense.
Pros: This illustrated book offers a story with a message about being proud of who you are.
Cons: This was neither realistic nor funny.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. It has good pictures. Check it out at your library, just in case my sense of humor is not like yours.
Educational Themes: The story has a strong theme that parents often tell their kids: be true to yourself. The events allow them to see that it's Okay to be different; accept who you are and use your talents to the fullest.