Arnold of the Ducks

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HarperCollins, 1985 - Juvenile Fiction - 62 pages
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Mistaken for a fish by a nearsighted pelican and deposited with a family of ducks, young Arnold learns to swim, fly, and eat like a duck until his curiosity finally leads him back to his human family.

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User Review  - pbrent - LibraryThing

Transformation is a prevalent theme in Arnold of the Ducks. Arnold is snatched from his family when he is unexpectedly piked up and dropped in a marsh, where Ms. Leda took beings to raise him. Arnold ... Read full review

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Arnold of the Ducks is a fantasy book because the story plot and characters did not make rational sense. The boy never grows up to be an adult after many of years, and all the animals talk. The ... Read full review


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About the author (1985)

Mordicai Gerstein is a popular writer and illustrator of books for children. Born on November, 1935 in Los Angeles, he attended the Chouinard Art Institute in California. He showed an interest in books and art at an early age and also became actively involved with animation. He soon teamed-up with writer Elizabeth Levy, and illustrated the successful "Something Queer" series of books, in which young sleuths Gwen and Jill team up to solve mysteries. In addition to illustrating, Gerstein began writing books of his own. He produced Arnold of the Ducks, a story full of charm and nostalgia about a young child who is raised by ducks. Arnold of the Ducks was adapted as an animated film. Gerstein has also retold many ancient religious stories, such as that of Jonah in his book, Jonah and the Two Great Fish. Gerstein has won many awards including 2 CINE Golden Eagle Awards from the International Film and Television Festival of New York.

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