Title: Farmer Duck
Author: Martin Waddell
Illustrator: Helen Oxenbury
Publisher- Candlewick Press
First Published: April 1st, 1992
A very lazy farmer sets a duck to work on his farm. He feeds the animals, out them where they should go, does all the housework chores and gets no break at all. The farmer always calls out "How goes the work?" and the duck responds "Quack!" He is so very tired and the hens, cows, and sheep gather together out of love for him and set up making a plan.
A plan that drives the lazy farmer away which is a relief to the tired duck. So instead of already having an owner that does no work; they work together to get all the chores done and they all contribute to having a great home of their own.
Absolutely beautiful illustrations that provide such rich images for the story. Poor Duck! He's stuck with all the chores that he shouldn't have to do. The farmer is a lazy man who sits in bed all day and eats. While Duck works he reaps the benefits. He works so hard and never complains. His friends - the cows, hens, and sheep - see how much he works for them and provide such a good home and life for them so they take action! It's a really wonderful tale of friendship and working together to create a good life for everyone involved. The rhyming was done rather well and I think many children will enjoy this book. It must have been popular because there are stuffed animals and activities even a DVD pertaining to the book like I have seen with a lot of the books I read. What can I say? I read great books. Well worth the read.