Daniel’s Duck

My children have read Daniel’s Duck by Clyde Robert Bulla over and over again.  They enjoy the story, and I enjoy the lesson it teaches.

Daniel admires a famous carver’s wood carvings, and decides to work on his own wood carving for the county fair.  He works hard on it all winter, and proudly enters it at the county fair the next summer.

Then everyone who sees it laughs.  Daniel’s feelings are hurt, so he grabs his duck and runs away to cry by the creek.

That famous carver finds Daniel, and teaches him about the different kinds of laughter.

I found Daniel’s Duck a good way to teach my daughter the difference between laughing at her and laughing with her, which helped her to enjoy laughter instead of being hurt and angry when others laughed.

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