Make Way for Ducklings

Make Way for Ducklings

by Robert McCloskey
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Make Way for Ducklings 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 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!
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!
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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!
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Grandma_Patty More than 1 year ago
My children loved this book when they were growing up so I gave each of my grandchildren a copy as they got older. It's a favorite of theirs too. I even have a 22 year old grandson that still has his copy!
Keebee More than 1 year ago
I give this book at every single baby shower I attend...I know that they are too young for it (geared for the 5-8 range), but it is one of those classics that can be read again and again and should be one every child's book shelf. I grew up in Boston and it brings back wonderful memories for me. The pictures are well illustrated and the writing is sweet. It allows for a lot of discussion while reading it. Children are sure to be entertained but the ducks and ducklings in this wonderful story. There is a reason it got a Caldecott Award!
Addydevlin More than 1 year ago
This book is a charming story of what a community will do to help a young family stay safe. My daughter moved to Boston 5 years ago and promptly fell in love with the story. She can take young visitor's to the duckling statues, and she frequently sends out the book as a gift! This is an old book that has captured the hearts of everyone in Boston. The drawings are adorable and the story is memorable.
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