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Book Title: Daniel's Duck|
The author of the book: Clyde Robert Bulla
Date of issue: April 7th 1982
ISBN 13: 9780064440318
Format files: PDF
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Daniel's pioneer family is a simple one with simple purposes, living in the mountains of Tennessee. Their dress is plain and their house nothing extraordinary, but built with a crackling fireplace and sturdy walls to protect them from the harshness of the elements. On the many long, cold nights of winter, shacked up only with one's older brother and parents, a pioneer boy has to learn to entertain himself well, with whatever is available to him. This is how young Daniel comes upon the art of woodcarving, striving to emulate his older brother, Jeff, as he prepares for the woodcarving show at the spring fair after winter's final assault has faded.
Both boys have a sterling example to look to in reclusive woodcarving master Henry Pettigrew, a local legend capable of working such magic with a block of wood as to take away the breath of all who come from near and far to see his wondrous exhibits each year at the state fair. No man can outdo Henry Pettigrew's artistic woodcarving, certainly no man near enough for Daniel or his brother to have heard of him. As Daniel curiously watches over Jeff's shoulder while his brother diligently carves away at his project for the spring fair, he decides he wants part of the action, too, and settles on a duck as the animal he would like to carve. Approaching the sublime skills of a Henry Pettigrew, or even a relative novice such as Jeff, is a tough task for a young boy, but Daniel goes to it unswervingly, devoting his time and energy to his block of wood throughout the winter as he patiently searches for the duck within.
The duck Daniel finds there is slightly unusual, its head cocked at an unexpected angle against its body, but Daniel shrugs off the criticism Jeff levels at his artwork. The duck is his, exactly how he envisioned and planned it, and Daniel could hardly be more proud of what he has created. When he brings it to show at the spring fair along with Jeff's carving, Daniel is overwhelmed by the pleasant excesses of town life, which he and his family rarely experience, living as far away as they do in the mountains. But when he happens upon the display given his simple wooden duck, he sees and hears a response much different from what he anticipated, much less respectful than the pride he has in his own little creation would hope for. His dreams for artistic reverence in shambles, Daniel snatches the tiny wooden figure and runs off through the laughing crowd, wanting only to depart the multitudes and endure his shame alone.
Daniel hasn't counted on one set of eyes in particular observing the finished piece Daniel submitted to the spring fair, however. Few are they whose words could convince Daniel of his duck's worth now, but he may just find himself talking with one of those few. A passionate boy's artistic vision is always going to be highly sensitive, flaring to anger should the totality of his vision be mocked by outsiders who don't understand; but admiration, adoration and respect for the fruit of one's creativity come in many different ways, not all of them immediately apparent to an artist so eagerly hoping for a certain response. With his anger abated enough to allow him clearer insight into what happened, Daniel sees that his hopes for the work of art he submitted may have been fulfilled to exactly the heights he aspired to attain. The little wooden duck into which he poured his heart and soul just might be as revered and admired as he ever could have dreamed.
When one holds a personal artistic achievement like Daniel's so close to one's heart, feeling protective of it and having such pride in the accomplishment, the balance of emotions can shift quickly and devastatingly. One builds a glass house without realizing the implications of the fragile structure as it is being erected, refusing to think about how easily the transparent panes could be smashed or cracked. That's bound to happen eventually, and if the house is the only protection for one's greatest achievement, it can feel like all has been lost. But a home is never only about its walls; it's about what one has chosen to contain within them, the artistic accomplishment itself rather than the walls put up to guard it from intruders. The glass walls can shatter and and the building's frame crumble to the earth, but one's artistic masterpiece is still there and intact, in spite of the stones that have been hurled. Yet sometimes it takes a person with experience making and loving one's own artwork to come along and deliver a reminder that all is not lost, that just because plans for improvement and accolade haven't proceeded perfectly is no reason to give up the dream. The duck is still beautiful even if the whole world laughs. The young woodcarver's talent is still just as marvelous, just as worth focusing on and honing for next year's spring fair and beyond, even if the possessor of the talent has lost sight of that fact temporarily. Progress will eventually recommence no matter the frustration felt when it eludes the passionate young artist, and sooner than he knows he will return to create something else, perhaps more beautiful than anything he ever made before. And the world will watch in wonder as he does.
Word for word, not many authors do it better than Clyde Robert Bulla. His understanding of early readers is profound, his respect for their feelings far in advance of most of his contemporaries. A book like Daniel's Duck takes such a short time to read, but stays with one long afterward, offering timely reminders on a variety of subjects one is likely to encounter every day in our world. If only Clyde Robert Bulla could have lived and written for kids forever; we sure could have used him around for that long. I would give Daniel's Duck two and a half stars and my fond recommendation. It is a book to cherish.
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Read information about the authorBorn to be a Writer
Almost as far back as he can remember, Clyde Robert Bulla wanted to write. Born on a farm in a small town in Missouri, Mr. Bulla's first school was a one-room country schoolhouse. One day his teacher asked each first grade student what he or she would do with a thousand dollars. Young Clyde answered that he would buy a table. His classmates laughed heartily, and his teacher was puzzled. “What I really meant,” says Mr. Bulla, “is a desk or other flat surface on which to write my stories!”
Mr. Bulla's first piece of writing was titled, “How Planets Were Born.” The ambitious opening sentence was, “One night old Mother Moon had a million babies.” All through school, Mr. Bulla continued to write stories mostly, but plays and poetry, too. After years of gathering editor's rejection slips, Mr. Bulla sold a magazine story, then several more. Soon after, Mr. Bulla wrote a novel and a publisher accepted it.
The Difficult Years
In the excitement of publishing a novel, Mr. Bulla wrote two more books. Unfortunately, no one wanted to publish them. His luck took a turn for the worse when the publisher of his first book went bankrupt. For several years, he worked at a local weekly newspaper where he struggled with linotype, kept books, collected bills, and wrote a weekly column.
A couple of Mr. Bulla's weekly columns caught the attention of a well-known author and illustrator of children's books. She wrote to Mr. Bulla, suggesting that he try writing a children's book. He immediately sent her a manuscript for a children's book he'd written a year before. Within one week, an editor of a New York publisher read the manuscript,and it was accepted. The book was The Donkey Cart, published in 1946. Since then, Mr. Bulla has written over twenty books for children, as well as the music for several children's song books.
About The Chalk Box Kid
“When I was young,” explains Mr. Bulla, “I sometimes found it hard to cope in new surroundings, and I was apt to get off on the wrong foot. This is the story of a boy who got off on the wrong foot in a new school and how he tried to cope.” In describing the chalk garden, Mr. Bulla says, “I gave Gregory something I've always wished for: a big, blank wall that I could cover with my own drawings.”
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