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Duck Dreams, City Boy to Farmer Boy

Segal, Elizabeth

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ISBN 10: 0615905633 / ISBN 13: 9780615905631
Published by Towne & Country Press, Pittsburgh, 2003
Condition: Near Fine Soft cover
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Inscribed by the author. First edition, 2003. Softcover, illustrated, 157 pp., clean unmarked text, Near Fine copy. Signed by Elizabeth "Betty" Segel and inscribed by her to Maggie Kimmel. A card from Segel to Kimmel also loosely laid in. Margaret "Maggie" Kimmel (1938-2014) was a distinguished professor of Library Sciences, and was also a past president of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). She pioneered the field of oral story-telling to children, authored the children's book Magic in the Mist (illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman) in 1975, and co-authored For Reading Out Loud! She served on two Newbery/Caldecott awards. She was also good friends with Fred Rogers and many other children's book authors. Bookseller Inventory # s00014185

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Title: Duck Dreams, City Boy to Farmer Boy

Publisher: Towne & Country Press, Pittsburgh

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First printing.

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Simon Hirsh, living in 1910 in a crowded Boston tenement, wants to be a farmer when he grows up. “Who ever heard of a Jewish farmer?” his uncle scoffs. But after Simon’s little brother almost gets stepped on by a huge carthorse in the street teeming with traffic, Simon’s parents decide to buy a house away from the city’s dangers. Simon works hard after school to make their new home a real farm, so that his father doesn’t have to work so hard in the clothing business, but he encounters many setbacks, among them a chicken-cheater, duck disasters (2), and a challenging friendship. Simon and Patrick–both outsiders–become friends. Patrick’s Irish family is destitute and in trying to help them, Simon gets into serious trouble. Too proud to accept charity, Patrick turns on Simon and they have a bitter fight. Simon doesn’t care if he never sees Patrick again. He has something else to worry about. The aunt he’s never seen, who was a little girl when Simon’s mother left Russia years ago, is coming to live with his family if she can escape from Russia and survive the difficult voyage to America. Little does Simon know that his Aunt Rifka will help him make his farm dream a reality.

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Elizabeth Segel taught children’s literature at Pitt and co-authored with Margaret Mary Kimmel a book about reading to children: For Reading Out Loud: a Guide to Sharing Books with Children (Dell, 3 editions). She has published more than 30 articles and reviews on children’s literature, and co-founded and directed Beginning with Books, a pioneering program that developed many ways to increase the number of children who became capable lifelong readers. After all this work with children’s books, she decided it was time to try one of her own! Anni Matsick creates artwork for children's publications. More of her work can be seen at

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