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All rights reserved. All contents copyright 1999-2003 RedOctane.Use of this website constitutes acceptance of the RedOctane User Agreement.At first glance Sitting Ducks, the new picture book by pop artist Michael Bedard, is an amusing children's story about and unlikely friendship between a duck and an alligator who intends to eat the duck. But as with Bedard's art which has netted millions in retail sales world wide and soon will be featured in a Warner Brothers feature film and a Polygram TV series, people who have seen the book keep finding other meanings. Some say Sitting Ducks, which will be published by Putnum in October, is about vegetarianism; others think it's a commentary on the evils of consumerism, and still others believe it shows how hard it is to develop trust between people of different backgrounds.Michael Bedard isn't surprised at the varying interpretations, or that the book appears to both kids and adults. Primarily known as a poster artist and animator, Bedard says that he is conciously leaves space in his art for people to find their own meaning. My posters usually depict a scene that's on the brink of something happening, he explains. I leave it to the viewers to imagine what will happen next. His best-known poster, Sitting Ducks , from which the book takes its name, is a good exampel. In that piece, three ducks relax poolside, while one looks over his shoulder at two bullet holes in the wall behind them. Some people accuse me of having black humor, saying, How can you do that to the poor ducks? My response is, I haven't done anything to the ducks, you have. How do you know they will be shot? They may go on to live a happy life. Bedard explains that his challenge in writing a children's book was to develop a bull story, while still leaving room in the text and art for readers to take his ideas further. When I hear people are reading momre into the story than I put in, I know it's working. he says, acknowledging that Sitting Ducks can be enjoyed on many levels. I'm always surprised and delighted by how far kids can go with the book. Bedard says. They've made some astonishing observations about how they feel about Sitting Ducks and why they like it. The most common response from kids and adults is that it's a book about friendship. Adults may find Bedard's illustrations quite familiar. He has ben an internationally best-selling poster artist for more than 20 years with overseas sales to ten nations, including Germany, Japan, Switzerland, and Australia. He delighted to bring his most popular characters to a picture book format. I love how distilled children's book stories are. They are closer to what I would call true storytelling than any other literary form. he says. I particularly admire the work of Chris Van Allsburg, Maurice Sendak, and of course, Dr. Seuss. In Sitting Ducks, Michael Bedard has set up a world populated by ducks who are manufactured in a factory staffed by alligators and raised in Ducktown with the sole purpose of becoming a delicious meal. The ducks, blissfully unaware of their eventual fate, docilely stuff themselves and never question the status quo in their alligator-eat-duck world. Everything changes when one duck learns the truth - and finds a path to freedom. The humor in my work comes from simple observations of human behavior and the curious ironies of life. Bedard explains. The strange actions of humans are better understood when we're able to step back and look at an allegorical situation. According to Bedard, the duck strikes a universal chord because it mirrors a common experience of vulnerability. Although a duck is the prey of any number of more powerful adversaries this wonderful creature displays an aggressive attitude when confronted by danger. For Bedard, this combination of vulnerability and bravado is a fitting expression of the fragility human beings feel when bluffing their way through the complications of modern life.# # #SITTING DUCKSby Michael BedardAll AgesISBN: 0-399-288-17-0Pub. Date: October 1998Return to Bedard's PageLast update: 8/4/3904 Web page copyright Jeff Palmer 1998WebmastersAffiliate ProgramHADERER, GERHARD , Think positive, 124 x 70 cmHG-06[mehr Info]Wood Magazine RackOak Quilt HangerNovelty ClockCollectible GlasswareC / C++Spencer Finch has exhibited internationally since receiving an M.F.A from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1989. His works, which have been exhibited at venues including the Portikus Gallery (Frankfurt) and the Wadsworth Atheneum (Hartford), will be included in the 2004 Whitney Biennial. He is represented in New York by Postmasters and in Paris by Galerie Yvon Lambert.Infonet sees gap in IP VPN market -- Ken WielandBedard has had numerous sold out one-man exhibitions in and around his current Los Angeles residence. His children's book, Sitting Ducks , has won three prestigious international awards for children's literature and his children's television show of the same name is tremendously popular in 48 countries. In Japan nearly one out of two children watch the show. In 2001, Bedard received an Emmy Award for his made-for-TV movie, The Santa Claus Brothers , which aired on Disney, YTV and ABC.Loyalty scheme gets thumbs-upVolunteer DirectoryMelissa Sue AndersonBRIGHTON, England (Reuters) - Pro-hunt demonstrators dumped animal carcasses and women went topless amid noisy protests on Tuesday outside Prime Minister Tony Blair's Labor Party conference. 5.24See all storesSTEPHEN CRANE THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE S BOOK WATERMILL 2.00sciforums,forum,bbs,discussion,jelsoft,bulletin boardOther Items (11)Norma Shearerphoto 3Fun pair of signed Gelakooska prints of a bike and an airplane, perfect for a children's room. The whimsical bicycle #12 is ready for speed and action with stars on its rear fender and is colorful and vibrant in its coloring. The equally whimsical airplane, also #12, is similarly built for speed with stars on the wings and colors of red, blue, yellow, white, and gray set against a green background. Both prints are framed in simple wood frames and are in very good condition, measuring approximately 14.75 x 11.75 . Both prints are signed in the lower right Gelakooska and come direct from a major Los Angeles, CA estate collection of mid-century; cross listed on Toys & Sports 3. Send a Gift Hint! 65.00/pr31509 Plush Santa Bear is all dressed up in his holiday finery to wish you a joyous season. 11 tall. 14.95 ExclusiveOur : 10.47In StockItem: 315093 Pc. Fabric Xmas Bears Set[ Buy ] [ Wish List ]

 

 

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