In a recent review it was suggested that this book promotes bullying. I find this insinuation insulting. I don’t deny that there is violence in it, there is. It revolves in nature. Have you ever watched a nature program that didn’t have some violence in it? I haven’t.
Written in the 60s, The Alligator & the Ducklings deals with bullying in a way that is the antithesis of how books today handle the subject. Children’s books of today all tend to lean towards the bully and the victims or victims becoming lifelong friends by the end. In reality, this doesn’t happen. The Alligator & the Ducklings handles the situation in such a way where there can be a happy ending for all creatures and people involved without inflicting harm. This is a message all children need to learn.
It’s also a message that should make them feel safe. In this book, the creatures and the townspeople came to the defense of the baby ducks. Those creatures and townspeople represent adults, you know, the ones who should protect the younger generation. What would you do if you saw a child being attack by another adult? Obviously, you would call the police, but before they arrived would you spring into action?
Another message that came through for me the first time I read this manuscript was actually aimed at bullies or would be bullies. I don’t want to spoil the ending for anyone, but I will say that it stated loud and clear what happens to bullies who are caught. And despite what you might think or what some would have you believe, the ending doesn’t come with the bully being killed. In fact, no animals were treated cruelly in this book. But don’t just take my word for it. The majority of reviews seems to feel the same way.
This book is intended for ages 8 and up.
About the Book
Most people would agree that ducklings are cute. If you’re an alligator, you also think they look delicious. Will the mean alligator feast on the baby ducks or will the animals and townspeople stop him? Read this timeless tale of bullying and nature to find out.
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