The Sissy Duckling
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 craf...more
Elmer the duck isn't exactly like the other boy ducks in the pond. In fact, he's nothing like the other boy ducks! Elmer enjoys doing the things he does and refuses to change, even when the others call him a sissy. Then something unexpected happens, and Elmer must make a decision that will affect him for the rest of his life.
"The Sissy Duckling" is a story that is full of great morals! It touches on being unique and not falling into specific "gender roles". It al...more
Also, I find the teasing sequences quite harsh. If this is being shown to a child who is suffering bullying because of unconventional gender display it could be quite upsetting.
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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 th...more
Fierstein, H. (2002). The sissy duckling. Cole, H. (Illus.) New York: Simon & Schuster.
Hardcover | $17.99 | ISBN-13: 978-0-689-83466-7 | 40 unnumbered pages | Grades P-3 (“The Sissy Duckling”) - Fiction
What is a young boy—er, duck—to do when he’s different to the core, and the only person who seems to value him is his mother? Stay true to himself and prove his worth to the world, according to Harvey Fierstein.
The narrative is entertaining and the illustrations are colorful and...more
I remember reading this book in class and thinking, "Wow! This is kind of a sensitive topic..."
I am glad this book exist. I know there are some children that feel "different" but are quite content with who they are and being themselves. This book is a great book to have on the shelf for students to read and think about not only if they can relate to the book but if they know someone that they can relate the book. This book gives them a different perspective th...more
It is a really funny, positive story about a boy duckling who is ridiculed by the other male ducks because he isn't macho enough. (Is there a special word for macho ducks? They certainly aren't "manly." Are they "drakely?") The little sissy duck is exhiled only to later (of course) save the day.
It's a great book about being yourself and accepting others. I think it's a good book for any kid, sissy or not, and pr...more
Adorable illustrations- Elmer’s pink book bag, fashion drawings on his bedroom wall, very expressive duck faces. Great story which is helpful for young boys who may be facing stigma at school and at home for “sissy” behavior.
I would use this book to teach acceptance.
'No sissies allowed in MY school,' Drake squawked.
Elmer faced him down, bill to bill. 'You are just angry because I do things differently. But one day I will amaze you all !'
-can be read in the beginning of the school year to encourage students that its ok to be special
-you dont have to be like other people, being yourself is important
-shows that there are different types of people in this world: ex: not al boys play sports
The gravelly-voiced actor perhaps is known best for the play and film Torch Song Trilogy, which he wrote and starred in. The 1982 Broadway production won him two Tony Awards, for Best Play and Best Actor in a Play, two Drama Desk Awards, for Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Acto...more