Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Duck for President
Duck for President by Doreen Cronin, and illustrated by Betsy Lewin, was incredibly popular around election season (check outs were usually accompanied by clever parents commenting that the duck seemed like a good candidate), but it's a great story for any time of the year. Duck lives on Farmer's Brown's farm. He and the other animals all have chores, but Duck doesn't like chores, so he decides to hold an election, which he subsequently wins. But running the farm is hard work, so he begins his campaign for governor. Soon Duck is head of the state, but this job too is extremely difficult. So Duck pulls out all the stops and runs for President (eventually retiring to write his memoirs). Duck for President is one of my favorite books! It's a kid-friendly commentary on politics that hopefully everyone can enjoy.