Review: The Sissy Duckling by Harvey Fierstein, Illustrated by Henry Cole

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Book Information:

The Sissy Duckling by Harvey Fierstein
Illustrated by Henry Cole
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Published in 2002
ISBN 0689835663
40 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5

Ease of Reading Text: 5 out of 5
Illustrations: 5 out of 5
Plot: 5 out of 5

Elmer is different from other male ducklings – he likes to cook, clean, paint pictures, and other non-masculine things. And because of this, everyone calls him a sissy, even his own father. But will they learn that Elmer is just fine the way he is?

This book is on the ALA Banned and Challenged book list, and I kind of understand why, that is, if I was really narrow-minded. Anyways, it has been banned/challenged because it has “gay tendencies”, which I could see in some ways.

However, to me, it is just teaching people, children mostly, that it is okay to be different and not like things based on the stereotypical views of today’s society. In my opinion, this book teaches a good lesson. Why? Because of the fact that no one likes being judged based on a mold that has been around for decades.

Anyways, besides liking the “don’t judge people by stereotypes” lesson, I like the illustrations. They matched the words very well, and were cutely drawn and very bright. Also, the text was very easy to see and read, which is always a plus with children’s books since most of them have text that’s hard to see/read.

That said, this book is very good if you want to teach your kids not to judge people by stereotypes and other unfair things.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011
Banned/Challenged No Limit

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Harvey Fierstein
$New_Bullet Henry Cole
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Library Thing
$New_Bullet See the World in Rainbows

Places to Buy From:

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Review: And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, Illustrated by Henry Cole

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Book Information:

And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
Illustrated by Henry Cole
Simon & Schuster for Young Readers
Published in 2005
ISBN 9780689878459
32 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

Ease of Reading Text: 5 out of 5
Illustrations: 3 out of 5
Plot: 5 out of 5

Based on a true story, Roy and Silo are two penguins who are a couple, but when they notice all the other penguins having babies, they want one as well. Then, their caretaker, Mr. Gramzay, gives them a left over egg to take care of. And when Tango is hatched, they created a new kind of penguin family.

This is one of the top ten challenged books in 2006, 2007, and 2008. It was also number two for 2009. Anyways, I can’t see how it is one of the top challenged children’s books. It only retells a true story about penguins in New York. Yeah, sure, it is about two male penguins, but it goes in about how there are different types of families. I guess most people are just too touchy about subjects like two males being together, even if it is penguins.

I thought the story/plot was cute, even if it is based on a true story. You might have to explain some weird things, if your kid asks about it. But it might be a good way to start explaining different kinds of families and not to start hate over different people. Anyways, I really didn’t like the illustrations that much, but they did remind me of how picture books used to be – colored with colored pencils. :X

The only lesson I can think that’s in there is to not judge different kinds of families, which makes it sort of enjoyable. Anyways, it is a good read to read to your children, and I think they will love the illustrations, even if they are basic looking. And if they do ask questions, explain it without hate or judging. :)

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011
Banned/Challenged No Limit

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Justin Richardson
$New_Bullet Peter Parnell
$New_Bullet Henry Cole
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Library Thing
$New_Bullet Books for Kids Blog
$New_Bullet The Quick Wit Litniks

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble