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ISBN13: 9780399242625
ISBN10: 0399242627
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Edward loves his pet duck more than anything. He raised it from a baby, and now it follows him everywhere&150even to the big fancy hotel in Memphis where he works with his father. Everyone at the Peabody loves to watch that little duck do tricks; why, it can even waddle up and down in time to a John Philip Sousa march, which is why Edward decides to name it John Philip.

But one day the hotel owner finds John Philip in his lobby fountain and he is NOT amused. Until Edward has an idea. What if he can train a bevy of ducks to march along behind him, swim in the fountain all day, and then march out every evening? If Edward can do that, the owner tells him, he and John Philip will have a permanent place at the Peabody. But can it really be done?

Based on the real-life tradition of the Hotel Peabody Ducks, Patricia Polacco's latest picture book is one of her most charming to date.

Review:

"Polacco (Thank You, Mr. Falker) adds another feather to her picture-book cap with this fictionalized look at how a lobby fountain at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tenn., famously became home to a group of performing ducks. During the Depression, young Edward finds work with his father on the Peabody staff. Though he knows it's against the rules, Edward keeps a pet duckling at the hotel, where he teaches his web-footed friend to march to John Philip Sousa music. Almost all the hotel employees collude with him, but the strict general manager, Mr. Schutt, eventually discovers the secret and ends up challenging Edward to train a whole group of ducks to be a tourist attraction. Edward, more than up to the task, soon establishes himself as the hotel's first 'official Duckmaster,' a position that the real-life Edward Pembroke held for more than 50 years. Polacco once again taps her talent for weaving threads of history and family stories (this time, someone else's) into an appealing and enlightening package. With its carefully chosen, subtly phrased details, the well-paced tale offers a distinct snapshot of a particular time and place. The artist's signature gouache-and-pencil compositions — a dusty, humble Tennessee farm; the neatly appointed hotel fountain and tables set for tea; proud parading ducks — encourage readers to explore an entertaining and enduring tradition. Ages 5-up. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Based on the real-life tradition of the Hotel Peabody Ducks, the "New York Times" bestselling author pens a tale of how the famous duck march came about and made the hotel a Memphis landmark. Full color.

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slsteckler, May 31, 2014 (view all comments by slsteckler)
Patricia Polacco’s book titled John Philip Duck was a fun and delightful book about a boy and his duck. Patricia tells her story with wonderful illustrations that capture your heart and can tell the whole story just by looking at the pictures. I really enjoy the individual faces in her book. By just looking at the characters facial expressions, you can feel their emotions and the story coming through. Her stories are quite lengthy as she has a heartfelt story to tell so don’t expect to finish this story in a few minutes but the time spent is well worth it. Patricia takes you back through time as the ducks swim around in the hotel lobby after the bellman has rolled out the red carpet for them, you’re so proud of Edward and his hard work that you feel the music as he taps his stick. Patricia did it again with another outstanding book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780399242625
Author:
Polacco, Patricia
Publisher:
Philomel Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Children's 4-8 - Picturebooks
Subject:
Ducks
Subject:
Hotels, motels, etc
Subject:
Memphis
Subject:
Animals - Ducks, Geese, Etc.
Subject:
Animals - Birds
Subject:
Memphis (Tenn.)
Subject:
Children s Animals-Animal Stories-Waterfowl
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series Volume:
8
Publication Date:
20040631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from P up to 5
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
48
Dimensions:
11.22x8.84x.47 in. 1.02 lbs.
Age Level:
04-08

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Product details 48 pages Philomel Books - English 9780399242625 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Polacco (Thank You, Mr. Falker) adds another feather to her picture-book cap with this fictionalized look at how a lobby fountain at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tenn., famously became home to a group of performing ducks. During the Depression, young Edward finds work with his father on the Peabody staff. Though he knows it's against the rules, Edward keeps a pet duckling at the hotel, where he teaches his web-footed friend to march to John Philip Sousa music. Almost all the hotel employees collude with him, but the strict general manager, Mr. Schutt, eventually discovers the secret and ends up challenging Edward to train a whole group of ducks to be a tourist attraction. Edward, more than up to the task, soon establishes himself as the hotel's first 'official Duckmaster,' a position that the real-life Edward Pembroke held for more than 50 years. Polacco once again taps her talent for weaving threads of history and family stories (this time, someone else's) into an appealing and enlightening package. With its carefully chosen, subtly phrased details, the well-paced tale offers a distinct snapshot of a particular time and place. The artist's signature gouache-and-pencil compositions — a dusty, humble Tennessee farm; the neatly appointed hotel fountain and tables set for tea; proud parading ducks — encourage readers to explore an entertaining and enduring tradition. Ages 5-up. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Based on the real-life tradition of the Hotel Peabody Ducks, the "New York Times" bestselling author pens a tale of how the famous duck march came about and made the hotel a Memphis landmark. Full color.
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