FARMER SCHULZ'S DUCKS by Colin Thiele

FARMER SCHULZ'S DUCKS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Farmer Schulz lives in South Australia, where he grows fruits, vegetables, and various animals--including ducks, which cause a problem: they must cross a country road to get to the Onkaparinga River to swim. At first, the few cars traveling the road slow down; but as the years go by, traffic grows heavier and more careless. Little Anna has the best ideas for a solution to the problem: first the right words for a sign (but there is an accident, anyway, and some ducks are injured, even killed); then a bridge (but this causes the arrival of spectators; finally it is demolished by an oversize truck); and, last, a tunnel. Thiele is a gifted stylist, and, fortunately, he doesn't restrain his colorful language even when writing, as here, for young children; his dialogue and descriptions are delightful. An inspired combination of realistic family story, fable, pungent social commentary, and constructive problem-solving, this is a fine story to share. Milton's watercolor ducks, in many sizes and shapes, well-observed from a variety of angles, contribute to the attractive format.

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 1988
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Harper & Row