THE STORY OF A BRAGGING DUCK by Juliet Kepes

THE STORY OF A BRAGGING DUCK

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A pat, too-familiar story about a conceited duck who teases the other animals, then flies away when they chase her--and who once helps four little turtles out of a bucket, but laughs at their offer to help her when she needs it. Their chance comes when she's on a lake and a big snapping turtle grabs her leg and begins to pull her under. ""Quick as a wink"" the four little turtles swim out, grab the snapping turtle's four legs, and drag him off to the swamp. ""'Little turtles, you saved me in the nick of time!' quacked Duck gratefully. 'How silly I was to be so vain. I will never show off ever again.'"" And so she paddles happily around the pond ""with the four little turtles swimming merrily along beside her."" Despite some jaunty fluidity in the simple, conventionalized pictures, the whole thing seems not just old-fashioned but stale.

Pub Date: Feb. 23rd, 1983
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin