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I Wish That I Had Duck Feet

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What would life be like if you had feet like a duck, or horns like a deer, a whale spout on your head, or a long, long nose? In this crazy tale a small boy imagines all these things, only to decide in the end that perhaps it’s better to be “ME” after all.


With his unique combination of hilarious stories, zany pictures and riotous rhymes, Dr. Seuss has been delighting young
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Paperback, (Green Back Book), 64 pages
Published January 5th 2004 by HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks (first published 1965)
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Suzanne
Jun 12, 2008 Suzanne rated it it was amazing
My kids knew the words by heart. They probably still could recite them.
K
This book is about wishing you were different. It talks about different animal body parts that would be fun to have. In the end, the character decides that he likes being himself. This would be a fun read for early childhood classrooms and elementary classrooms.
Sarah Sammis
I Wish That I Had Duck Feet by Dr. Seuss is a story I missed somehow as a child. My son introduced me to the book. He checked it out from the library and read it to me as part of his weekly free reading assignment for school.

The book centers on a young boy, probably about my son's age, who wants to change. He wants duck feet, or antlers or a whale spout among other alterations to his body. He thinks of all the wonderful things he could do with his new powers and then the problems he would have w
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Jason
A good story about a kid who imagines how he could be unique by having different animal body parts such as duck feet, and elephant's nose, etc. After thinking of the fun stuff he could do with the parts, he then thinks of all of the problems that would result. In the end he decides to just be himself. What I like about this one, compared to the 90 million other books with the "be yourself" message, is that it shows the difference between wanting to be different for the sake of being different an ...more
Julie Decker
Jul 08, 2014 Julie Decker rated it it was ok
This book is a whimsical romp through a child's fantasies about what it would be like to have various parts of his body transformed into animal parts. While it's kind of amusing at times, it also weirded me out a lot as a kid because the child was clearly having fun and yet people around him were making horrified or shocked faces. I would have enjoyed it more if more of the bystanders had been celebrating his choices instead of reacting poorly. I tend to be alienated by books that depict someone ...more
Sarah Adamson
Mar 03, 2016 Sarah Adamson rated it really liked it
A wonderful Seuss book.
A boy wishes he had various anatomical differences and explains why they would be good and why they would be bad and then makes himself happy just being him as he is.
2 problems - 1 is he continually refers to another boy as the one he doesn't like and wants to be better than but also thinks he will get tied up by. 2nd problem is that it ends a bit abruptly.
Cathy
Apr 15, 2011 Cathy rated it did not like it
It's funny b/c I see that my brother gave this book 5 stars! It creeped me out when I was little. I think that I was always worried that the boy wouldn't be able to get rid of his new animal parts.
Anthony
Jul 18, 2015 Anthony rated it really liked it
Such a delight!
Bunny
Jun 01, 2015 Bunny rated it it was amazing
I am always last to to tuck my 6-year old godson in when I go to visit. I kissed him and literally tucked his blankets up underneath him (::giggling:: "Why do you always do that?" "Because you are my Christo-burrito"), and as I made to leave, he said, "Will you read me a story?"

Way past his bedtime, but I can never resist. I didn't have anything good on my tablet, so I ran into the playroom, and looked at the extensive collection of children's books. I'd never read this Dr. Seuss book before, so
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Caroline
Apr 06, 2016 Caroline rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
A fun rhyming book about a little boy imagining he has a variety of animal parts on his body, being so excited about the good parts of each animal part, then thinking about the cons and deciding he'd better not have that part (duck feet, antlers, etc.)

The moral of the story is to be happy with who you are, as you are.

Loved the rhymes. Loved the silly situations. The pictures are alright, even though I'm not a fan of that "dated" art style (and yes, I know this book is old!)

Ultimately, this was
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Rachel
I got this for my son as he likes Dr Seuss and I only had a copy of his books at home. This was not as good as I wanted it to be. The boy uses his imagination to think about what his life would be like if he had things like duck feet, an elephant’s trunk and a whale spout, or even better all of them together. But then he realizes that he is better just being himself. Of course, it took him over 65 pages to realize this, and the story dragged on and on. My son got bored pretty quick, as did I. Re ...more
Austin Wright
Feb 03, 2015 Austin Wright rated it it was ok
My friend Kevin is reading a list of best children's books. I am following suite in order to discuss the books with him. By default, I give the books four-stars because they're good at what they're intended to do, which is to keep the attention of children and introduce them to literature.

It is good to be different, but NOT TOO DIFFERENT!!!!!!
Burton W. Cole
Apr 02, 2015 Burton W. Cole rated it it was amazing
A wonderful book by -- when I read it a couple thousand times as a kid -- Theo. Geisel, later known as Dr. Suess, the story and illustrations captured my imagination and are part of the reason I wanted to write.
Susan
Sep 20, 2015 Susan rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, storybook
2.5. starrs

This one troubled me when I was a child, and still does as an adult.

On the surface this is a book about 'liking me for me' but underneath it's also a book about 'don't be an individual, especially a creative, out-of-the-box thinker or you will be condemned for it'. The boy's imaginings of people's reactions were correct (and the illustrations tend to suggest they are) then there are some really mean people in his life, including his mother. These are people who would set out to stifl
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Jonathan Stemberger
I Wish that I Had Duck Feet:
I Wish that I Had Duck Feet was one of my favorite books as a child, I believe that this is so for two main reasons. One is that the author uses a repetition of events; the main character is not content with him so he wishes that he had duck feet. The main character then goes on to explain why having duck feet would be a good, idea, but then it is overshadowed by something negative about having duck feet. The main character goes on in the same manner to talk about wha
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Mark
Apr 30, 2016 Mark rated it liked it
I wish
that I had duck feet.
And I can tell you why.
You can splash around in duck feet.
You don't have to keep them dry.

I wish that I had duck feet.
No more shoes!
No shoes for me!
The man down at the shoe store
would not have my size, you see.

If I had two duck feet,
I could laugh at Big Bill Brown.
I would say, "YOU don't have duck feet!
There are all there are in town!"

Haley Herman
Sep 17, 2014 Haley Herman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edrd-314
I think this is one of the best children's books out there. Kids are always saying that they wish they were something else without thinking that all things have both pros and cons. This book points this out in a very poignant and refreshing way, and the child decides he is happiest with being himself. Some would say this moral is done to death, but this book takes a fresh approach that really sticks with you.
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
May 22, 2016 Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
I may have read this book growing up but do not remember for sure. I did read it to kids i watch in a daycare but think they were too young to really pay attention, but it was fun to read. I've always liked Dr. Seuss and I like the silliness and that hopefully it inspires children to use their imaginations.
Paige Smith
Apr 07, 2014 Paige Smith rated it really liked it
A fun and imaginative dialogue about what it would be like to have the characteristics of animals, this book brings to life the idea of wanting to change things about oneself. In the end, it encourages readers to love who they are and to know what makes them special.
Swankivy
Jun 10, 2013 Swankivy rated it it was ok
While I liked the premise of this book--a boy imagining himself with different useful animal or mechanical features, balanced with the difficulties they would cause--the illustrations disturbed me as a child. I think most kids would enjoy the imagination and the fun what-ifs, but I was kind of alienated by the idea of wanting one's body parts to transform into weird things, and the shocked reactions on the faces of people around the protagonist bothered me . . . probably because I was imagining ...more
Library
Feb 23, 2016 Library rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: easy-readers
"And so... I think there are some things I do not wish to be. And that is why I think that I just wish to be like ME."

Though we often wish for different physical attributes, this book's goofy story illustrates for kids the importance of being you.
Haley Anderson
The idea of being yourself is a cute moral, but I don't like that the mom is the one who convinces the child of that fact. I would like it better if the child discovered he wanted to be himself just because he likes himself and is proud.
Nickie
Jan 24, 2015 Nickie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It ended on a positive message. Embrace who you are. I like the idea of picking an animal characteristic and seeing how that would effect your life both in positive and negative ways. It was obviously an anti bullying book since the bad guy was in every scenario.
Samantha Mckay
I Wish That I Had Duck Feet is about a boy who wonders what life would be like if he were to have certain animal parts. He thinks about if he had horns like a deer or duck feet. This is a hilarious children’s book with a rhyming story line. This is meant for kids who are working to read completely on their own. This shows kids that everyone is different and that is okay. It is okay to sometimes wish you were something that you’re not but always come back to your roots. This book is for beginning ...more
Suzanne Moore
Although it would be great to have wings, horns, or a tail … the boy in this story begins to realize elephant noses or duck feet, among other things, aren’t such good ideas. This story was read to kindergartners for Dr. Seuss’s birthday /” Read Across America” Day. It was fun to see their faces as they imagined all the things they could do with various animal body parts. They laughed hard at the thought of combining the feet of a duck, horns of an elk, tiger tail, elephant nose, and a whale spou ...more
Beth Ambri
Aug 30, 2012 Beth Ambri rated it it was amazing
I Wish that I had Duck Feet by Dr. Seuss was on of my favorite children's books growing up. My mother used to read to me every night, and this one was almost always in the rotation. It is about a young boy who wishes he had various body parts of different animals. At first he thinks of the great things he could do with duck feet or deer antlers, but then he realizes the drawbacks like not being able to fit in the school bus. At the end, the boy realizes that he is perfect just the way he is. I l ...more
Alice
Apr 08, 2015 Alice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars
I liked this book and learned the Theo LeSteig is actually Dr Seuss..He used that name when he didn't do the illustrations. Now you have learned something new and exciting!
Mimi
Sep 05, 2013 Mimi rated it liked it
Shelves: younger-children
I like the main message of this book—that the best thing to be is yourself. But there is a side character who I always feel bad for. For some reason, the main character really has it in for him. I don't know if the main character is jealous or if he has been bullied, or what, but he is not very nice to that minor character.

My kids really like this book. I think they like all of the illustrations of the main character with his different appendages: duck feet, elephant nose, whale spout, tiger tai
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Marcos
He wish he had duck feet and then he wished he wanted to have two deer horns in his head and then he wished he had a whale spout and a long long tail.
Annie
Apr 02, 2014 Annie rated it it was amazing
Great book to teach kids to love yourself. Everyone has things they want to change about themselves, but in the end, being yourself is the best thing.
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