The Sissy Duckling by Harvey Fierstein

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Elmer is not like the other boy ducklings. While they like to build forts, he loves to bake cakes. While they like to play baseball, he wants to put on the halftime show. Elmer is a great big sissy. But when his father is wounded by a hunter's shot, Elmer proves that the biggest sissy can also be the greatest hero.

Acclaimed actor and playwright Harvey Fierstein has crafted a heartwarming story, based on his award-winning HBO animated special, about learning to embrace the special qualities we all possess. Henry Cole's gently humorous illustrations give it a new vitality. This eBook with audio is a story to share with all children, to help them understand that each one of them is unique and valuable.

About Harvey Fierstein

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Henry Cole has illustrated more than fifty books for children, including And Tango Makes Three, Oink?, and Little Bo in France. A former elementary school teacher, he now writes and paints full time.
Published November 20, 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 40 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Elmer, who weeks before had swum away from home when his dad declared him “no son of his,” witnesses the horrible scene and rescues Papa, nursing him through the winter in the hollow tree he has made his stylish home.

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Elmer runs away and sets up housekeeping in a hollow tree, but comes to the rescue when his father gets shot by hunters and cannot fly south for the winter.

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This animated special gets preachy and a tad treacly at times, but writer Harvey Fierstein (Torch Song Trilogy) adds plenty of humor to his plea for tolerance.

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