Bette Midler Opens Up About Children’s Book ‘The Tale of the Mandarin Duck’ About Real-Life ‘Mysterious’ Bird

by Madison Miller

Bette Midler has been keeping herself safely busy during COVID-19.

She watched her daughter get married, was involved in many benefits, got vaccinated, starred in “Coastal Elites” on HBO, and wrote a children’s book.

Midler’s New Children’s Book

The name of the book is “The Tale of the Mandarin Duck.” It tells the story of a mandarin duck that is common in the East. However, one duck somehow ended up in the middle of New York City.

“Nobody knows where he came from, he has a tag, but he’s a mysterious duck. No one came forward to claim him,” Midler said on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

The story in the book is based on true events. However, it is also a fable. Midler got the idea for the book when she was shown pictures of the mandarin duck by a person at a dinner party with her.

The story talks about the invention of the cellphone and how it has infatuated us. The duck comes to town and starts to reverse that. People started to connect with people once again.

“Yes, absolutely. I recognize myself in that bird, and I think a lot of people will. But I think the moral of the tale is that we are all rare and beautiful birds. The bird holds a mirror up to us and shows us that we’re all worthy. We are all worthy of the spotlight,” Bette Midler said to NPR.

In an interview with GMA, she calls the book a “love letter” to New York. She said when the big money came into New York City, the “exotic birds” of the world could no longer afford to live there. The rare duck is supposed to be a symbol that everybody is miraculous and deserves the spotlight in their own way.

Midler’s book about the rare mandarin duck can now be purchased.

Bette Midler in ‘Coastal Elites’

Besides writing a children’s book, Midler also got the chance to act during COVID-19. The comedy, “Coastal Elites,” came out in September 2020.

It focuses on five characters that are from both New York and Los Angeles as they live through our current state of politics and the pandemic.

Bette Midler plays Miriam Nessler, a NYC teacher who loves to teach and often ends up in police custody. She is a fiery and passionate character.

“It was cathartic but not cathartic enough because I’m still in a state of rage and anxiety,” Midler said of playing the character, according to Deadline.

Midler stars alongside Sarah Paulson, Dan Levy, and Issa Rae in this HBO comedy. It was originally meant for the theater but was turned into a television show because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The show can be seen on HBO.

Another huge announcement from the entertainment industry came in December. Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy would be coming together again for “Hocus Pocus 2.”

The new sequel will be happen on Disney +. Midler and her former co-star are excited to get back in their roles.

“They sent the script and we’re really excited about it — we’re up for it. Although I must say, I mean, the years have flown by and I am 75 and I do believe I can fly,” Midler said to GMA.

Midler will also reunite with Diane Keaton and Goldie Hawn for a project called “Family Jewels.” The three originally starred in the popular film, “First Wives Club.”