Make Way for Ducklings

Make Way for Ducklings

by Robert McCloskey


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140564341
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 02/28/1999
Series: Picture Puffin Books Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 72
Sales rank: 10,765
Product dimensions: 9.13(w) x 12.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Lexile: AD630L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

The late Robert McCloskey grew up in Hamilton, Ohio, and spent his later years in Maine. A quintessential American artist, McCloskey was named a Living Treasure by the Library of Congress in 2002.

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Make Way for Ducklings 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 68 reviews.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
We don't normally review books that were published so long ago, but I've "re-fallen" (is that a word?) in love with this book and I wanted to share with our readers. I was in Boston recently and, while browsing in the "Bostonian Society Museum Shop," found (or more aptly, re-discovered) Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey. I LOVE this book. Make Way for Ducklings was originally published in 1941 and is about the ducks living on the Boston Common. Mr. and Mrs. Mallard are looking for a place to live but they just can't seem to find the right spot. Finally, after much searching, they discover the perfect new home - a tiny little island, surrounded by a lovely pond, in the middle of the Boston Public Garden (a.k.a. Boston Common). The ducks love their new home and start thinking of raising a family there. But just then, a boy on his bike, vroom, vroom, comes squealing through the ducks. "We'll have to look somewhere else," suggests Mrs. Mallard. The ducks eventually find a quite spot next to the Charles River. They build a nest and hatch out eight wonderful ducklings. Life is grand for the new duck family. One day Mr. Mallard decides to go exploring and tells Mrs. Mallard that they should meet in a week at the Public Garden. Unfortunately, little ducklings can't fly. So in a week, they set off - right through the city of Boston! - to get to the Public Garden. Watch out! Baby ducklings on the move! Robert McCloskey got the idea for this book while living in Boston. "I noticed the traffic problem of the ducks, and heard a few stories about them. Then the book just sort of developed from there." (from the dust jacket) Make Way for Ducklings is a sweet story with fabulous drawings by the author (all in brown pencil - no bright, multi-colored pictures). The drawings have a very old-fashioned feel - check out the cars in the pictures! - which I really got a kick out of. The story itself is timeless. A bronze statue of Mrs. Mallard and her ducklings (one has a tendency to wander off, er, get stolen from time to time) greets visitors to Boston Common while the book itself has never been out of print since 1941 and has sold over two million copies! If you go to Amazon to purchase, be careful about buying used copies. Because the book is so old, used copies apparently can be old, creaky, smelly, etc. The copy I bought is brand new. Quill says: If you've never read the book, or haven't seen it in a long time, check it out. Your kids should enjoy it as much as you did a "few" years ago.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A classic - give it often for a gift at a baby shower - or, just recently to new grandparents - with the bronze statues of Mother Duck and her ducklings so close in Boston for children to eventually see and the swan boats and pond - what more could you ask for as a gift.
mitzimi More than 1 year ago
every kid should have this book on their shelves. it's a classic!
BenjaminHahn on LibraryThing 20 hours ago
The drawings of ducks are great. I think perhaps another story is hiding here. Like, what the hell was Mr. Mallard doing, while Mrs. Mallard was training all the ducklings. Does he work at Langley? Was he "exploring" the parts of the river that the loons occupied? Sounds like a plot line from Mad Men really.
colombe on LibraryThing 20 hours ago
How could I not buy this with my being in Boston? :)
artlibby on LibraryThing 20 hours ago
Follow a growing family of ducks as they seek a safe home in this classic picture book. Awarded the Caldecott Medal in 1941, the monochromatic drawings present a literal bird's-eye view of Boston. Mr. and Mrs. Mallard navigate the city for the safest place to hatch their ducklings. The book proceeds chronologically as we wait and watch for the family to settle into a nesting place and then a permanent home. The drawings are rendered in a realistic manner that presents readers with a complete picture of the Mallard's predicament. The drawings also communicate convincing expressions that create a sense of commonality between the readers and the ducks. The theme of a shared world is brought forth in these pages, creating a gateway to discuss a more desirable approach to coordinating the activities between humans and animals. A great bedtime story and a must for elementary school libraries.
btivis on LibraryThing 20 hours ago
Make Way for Ducklings is a beautiful, heart-warming story. It tells of duck parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mallard, finding a place to raise their ducklings. They find a place to live on an in the river, but as they get older, Mrs. Mallard begins to lead them through the streets of Boston. Not only is this a lovely story, but the pictures are spectacular. There is no question as to why it won the Caldecott Medal.This is one of my favorite children's books. I have it in my personal library and can't imagine it not being part of a child's early literature experience.I think this could be used in the classroom as a science lesson about ducks and how they raise their ducklings. Mostly, I would just use it to read aloud and expose the students to good, quality literature.
aflanig1 on LibraryThing 20 hours ago
A story about a family of ducklings trying to meet father duck on the other side of the pond. Friendly humans help the ducks make it to the pond safely
sdbookhound on LibraryThing 21 hours ago
Beautiful book to read to young children with enthralling illustrations well worthy of the Caldecott Medal won.
stharp on LibraryThing 3 months ago
This book is an excellent example of a realistic fiction. Even though the ducks have conversation, they only have it with themselves and the author cleverly translates it into readable english. The setting where the story takes place is in an American city, which I believe is MA. As the ducklings make their way across the city, they go through places like the park and the city streets, which prove to be relentless obstacles at times.
MaowangVater on LibraryThing 3 months ago
A family of mallard ducks makes their home in a pond in Boston Public Garden with a little assistance from the Boston Police Department.
smpenni on LibraryThing 3 months ago
It's not easy for duck parents to find a safe place to bring up their ducklings, but during a rest stop in Boston's Public Garden, Mr. and Mrs. Mallard think they just might have found the perfect spot--no foxes or turtles in sight, plenty of peanuts from pleasant passers-by, and the benevolent instincts of a kindly police officer to boot. Young readers will love the mother duck's proud, loving protection of her wee webbed ones, and those with fond memories of Boston will enjoy familiar locales, from Beacon Hill to Louisburg Square, and over the Charles River--often from a duck's-eye view.
yourbob on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Among my favorite books. A real treat to read and reread. Definately a good book to read aloud as well.
drruth on LibraryThing 3 months ago
McCluskey's pictures and the ducklings' names will delight young readers, even ones like my son who generally like books that sound more adventurous.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Make Way For Ducklings has always been childhood favorite for me. I grew up in Massachusetts. The story takes place in Boston. ?????
esgMA More than 1 year ago
Great story, wonderful illustrations--recommend for Bostonians and persons whom might visit the city esgMA
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This award winning book will never get old. Beautiful illustrations and a simple story line connect with young children. Mother duck is a combination of discipline, style, and warmth raising her young ducklings and leading them safely through Boston to their new home. It's a classic for parents to place on the bedtime story shelf to read and reread!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this book for my almost three-year-old because I am trying to impress on him the dangers of crossing the road without an adult. It's an adorable story with beautiful illustrations - and it has inspired several conversations about why the ducks needed the policemen to help them cross the road! Success!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
1972bubblemike More than 1 year ago
My favourite illustrations ever, I think. A nice length for bedtime, and as someone who's visited Boston it's nice to reminisce at the sights, too.
dmg13 More than 1 year ago
I purchase this book for all of our family and friend's newborns. Great classic and I feel a must have for a child's library
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey is the story of Mr. and Mrs. Mallard who are looking for the perfect place to raise their eight ducklings. They fly all over Boston in search of a place that will be both safe and quiet. They finally find a little spot next to the Charles River. There they hatch their eight little ducklings: Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack and Quack. I always loved the rhyming names of the ducklings; in particular, I like Ouack and watching my parents struggle to pronounce his silly name. After the ducklings are hatched, Mr. Mallard goes on a trip to visit a little island in Boston Common. Mrs. Mallard agrees that she and the ducklings will meet him there in a week. Because the ducklings are too young to fly, the family must walk to the garden. Along the way, they find the help of Michael and other police officers who stop traffic and allow them to cross the road. At the end of the story, the Mallard family is happily reunited on the island in Boston Common and make a home for themselves there. Make Way for Ducklings is a wonderful book for children. This book has been in print since 1941, and it is no surprise that it continues to find a place in the hearts of young children and families. Although the story is simple and endearing, the real value of this book comes from the illustrations. McCloskey won the 1942 Caldecott Medal for his brown pencil illustrations. The attention to detail is remarkable, the sketches fill the majority of the page and do a wonderful job of complimenting the story and bringing it to life. McCloskey sketched the ducks in such a way that they manage to look both expressive and very realistic. This book has found a place in my heart, and with it's charming story and beautiful pictures, I'm sure it will continue to be a favorite for children for many years to come.
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donnaACA More than 1 year ago
Loved this when I read it to my kids 27 years ago and still love it for their kids
MrsWFL More than 1 year ago
I am from Boston although I live in Florida now and I LOVE this book! Have been reading it to my son since he was probably 1 or 2 and he absolutely loved it too!