Feed Me Books Friday: The Book I Can’t Believe I Don’t Own

Thursday, March 3, 2011


not duck feet, but a boy can wish...
As I looked through Dr. Seuss titles for my Read Across America post Wednesday, I realized that a title that we don’t own definitely needs to be added to our shelf. I know I owned it as a child, and I’m a little surprised I gave it up, but perhaps it went to one of th cousins? It will be arriving Tuesday thanks to my AmazonMom free Prime membership. (That’s less of a plug for Amazon than a confession of my great challenge to limit my book purchases.) What, you may ask, is this desired book?

A Comical Lesson in Critical Thinking

I Wish That I Had Duck Feet (Beginner Books(R))
Dr. Seuss also went by Theo LeSeig when he authored books he did not illustrate. I Wish That I Had Duck Feet is one of these books and thus is not one of the first thought of or found when searching for Dr. Seuss. In my opinion, it’s a hidden gem. The narrator of the story begins by wishing he had duck feet for the fun he could have in the water, but after some consideration realizes there may be some not-so-desirable effects as well (in particular, a not-so-pleased mom). So continues the pattern of the book, as he considers the pros and cons of various animal features: deer horns, a long trunk, a whale spout, a tail, and even a combination of several features. While each seems enticing at first, he soon realizes that he is better off being himself. Children will love the humorous pictures and the imagined scenarios of each animal option. The “be proud of who you are” lesson and cognitive model of critical thinking are the icing on the cake. The value of being yourself is implied similarly in another book we enjoyed, You Look Ridiculous, but I Wish That I Had Duck Feet focuses on the function and value of the physical features, rather than just the appearance. I’m excited for the arrival of this one on my doorstep – both because of the connection to my childhood and also because I’m looking forward to using it to help B understand pros and cons.

Appropriate for preschoolers, primary grades.

Did you get a chance to see my Read Across America post and the Cat in the Hat cupcakes?  Did you celebrate? Do you have a favorite Dr. Seuss (or Theo LeSeig) book? Got another book to share? Comment away and link up!


RedTedArt March 4, 2011 at 2:19 AM  

Aaaah nothing like a good book round up to realise you don't have a book!! I Am guessing you mean Cat in the Hat, which was my first Dr Seuss purchase! I grew up "German speaking" and was only introduced to Dr Seuss as an adult.. and now I am making sure my kids know him well!!!

Regina @ Chalk In My Pocket March 4, 2011 at 6:10 AM  

I haven't heard of that book before - fantastic, I love a good find! We read a bunch of Dr. Seuss books this week too and tied in a birding activity to "The Best Nest" written by a protege of Dr. Seuss :-)


JDaniel4's Mom March 4, 2011 at 10:52 AM  

JDaniel would love this book. I would to have a great weekend!

Brimful Curiosities March 5, 2011 at 9:33 PM  

Never heard of that one before. Looks cute!

Raising a Happy Child March 10, 2011 at 11:35 AM  

This is one of my own favorites! So fun, and illustrations are great.

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