The Sissy Duckling

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2002-05-01
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
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Elmer is not like the other boy ducklings. While they like to build forts, he loves to bake cakes. While they like to play baseball, he wants to put on the halftime show. Elmer is a great big sissy. But when his father is wounded by a hunter's shot, Elmer proves that the biggest sissy can also be the greatest hero. Acclaimed actor and playwright Harvey Fierstein has crafted a heartwarming story, based on his award-winning HBO animated special, about learning to embrace the special qualities we all possess. Henry Cole's gently humorous illustrations give it a new vitality. This is a book to share with all children, to help them understand that each one of them is unique and valuable.

Author Biography

Harvey Fierstein is a three-time Tony Award­winning writer, actor, and gay rights activist. His playwriting credits include Torch Song Trilogy, Safe Sex, and the libretto of the musical La Cage aux Folles. His film performances include Mrs. Doubtfire, Independence Day, and Bullets Over Broadway. He's lent his trademark gravelly voice to Disney's Mulan, a classic episode of The Simpsons, the Emmy-winning Elmo Saves Christmas, and the Academy Award­winning The Times of Harvey Milk. His screenplay for the HBO animated version of The Sissy Duckling won the prestigious Humanitas Award, which honors writers "whose work enriches and enlightens their audiences."

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