Dopey Duck

Cover of the first edition of The Tale of Jemi...

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I have got to get back to beginning my blog post before 11pm…

67. The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck by Beatrix Potter

The first Beatrix Potter book we’ve obtained for DD, and it’s slightly bigger than the format I’m used to for them, but not otherwise changed, which is great. It should still be comfortable for her to hold once she can be trusted not to chew or tear it but still doesn’t have large hands.

This is the story of a rather naive young duck (Jemima) who in trying to find a safe place to lay her eggs is taken in by a gentlemanly-appearing fox. He takes a significant amount of time to lay his trap, and it is only just as he is about to spring it that the rather more worldly sheepdog (Shep) comes to save her. The strange thing to me about the moral of the story is that it’s not clear that her situation is ever explained to her. From her perspective it’s Shep’s cohorts who do her by far the most harm, eating her eggs and chasing off her friend. The story does work, and the pictures are beautiful of course. Definitely hoping for more of these for DD.


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3 Responses to “Dopey Duck”

  1. Karyn @ kloppenmum Says:

    Perhaps that’s life though? So often people see things differently from one another. Shep sees himself as the hero (and rightfully so) but she is not able to self-reflect so sees him as the tormentor. Probably too deep and meaningful, but at least I’ve left a longer comment this time!

  2. Karyn @ kloppenmum Says:

    …in the end some protangonists (certainly some I know in real life) are just dumb. I know that’s blunt…but really they are. (IMHO)

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