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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Autobiography of a Duck - John Arnold

English: Pekin duck (Anas platyrhynchos) at th...
English: Pekin duck (Anas platyrhynchos) at the Elbe river near Hamburg. Deutsch: Pekingente (Anas platyrhynchos) an der Elbe bei Hamburg. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Released October 2012

John Arnold

Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth

I honestly can't pinpoint a specific age that's best suited for Autobiography of a Duck. The book is not long, but it's not a picture book, which makes me want to say it's better for kids who are reading chapter books, but in all honestly, it's just as suitable for adults who want to look at the life of a duck from the duck's point of view.

The story shares insight and experiences a 12-year-old duck has had during his life. He starts out as any duckling does and then grows to become a prize in a carnival and ends up part of a family. Even once he has a family, his adventures don't stop.

At times, the book takes grim, yet honest turns. Ducks are shipped off in trucks to strange places, torn from their family, and most humans don't stop to think about how that makes the duck feel. John Arnold does.

Autobiography of a Duck isn't long, it's just over 30 pages. Along the way, you meet some fun characters, wait to see what happens next, and most importantly, experience life from the duck's point of view.

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