Make Way for Ducklings

Make Way for Ducklings

Robert McCloskey / Jun 05, 2020

Make Way for Ducklings Celebrate the th birthday of Make Way for Ducklings Seventy five years ago a family of ducks waddled off the page and into the hearts of readers everywhere The brilliantly illustrated tale of malla

  • Title: Make Way for Ducklings
  • Author: Robert McCloskey
  • ISBN: 9781101997956
  • Page: 175
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Celebrate the 75th birthday of Make Way for Ducklings Seventy five years ago, a family of ducks waddled off the page and into the hearts of readers everywhere The brilliantly illustrated tale of mallards on the move received the Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished picture book of the year, and has been a favorite of generations of readers Celebrate the anniversarCelebrate the 75th birthday of Make Way for Ducklings Seventy five years ago, a family of ducks waddled off the page and into the hearts of readers everywhere The brilliantly illustrated tale of mallards on the move received the Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished picture book of the year, and has been a favorite of generations of readers Celebrate the anniversary of Make Way for Ducklings with this special slipcased edition, which includes an audio CD as well as a landmark poster of the ducklings Boston by Caldecott Award winner Paul Zelinsky.

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      • Robert McCloskey

        John Robert McCloskey September 15, 1914 June 30, 2003 was an American writer and illustrator of children s books He both wrote and illustrated eight picture books and won two Caldecott Medals from the American Library Association recognizing the year s best illustrated picture book Four of those eight books were set in Maine Blueberries for Sal, One Morning in Maine, Time of Wonder, and Burt Dow, Deep water Man the last three all on the coast He was also the writer for Make Way For Ducklings, as well as the illustrator for The Man Who Lost His Head.McCloskey was born in Hamilton, Ohio, during 1914 and reached Boston in 1932 with a scholarship to study at Vesper George Art School After Vesper George he moved to New York City for study at the National Academy of Design.In 1940, he married Peggy Durand, daughter of the children s writer Ruth Sawyer They had two daughters, Sally and Jane, and settled in New York State, spending summers on Scott Island, a small island off Little Deer Isle in East Penobscot Bay McCloskey s wife and eldest daughter Sally are reputed to be the models for little Sal and her mother in Blueberries for Sal 1948 , a picture book set on a Blueberry Hill in the vicinity Three others of his picture books are set on the coast and concern the sea.Peggy died in 1991 Twelve years later on June 30, 2003, McCloskey died at his home in Deer Isle, Maine.


    1. 5***** and a ❤Mr and Mrs Mallard search for a good home in which to raise their brood. It must be safe from foxes and turtles, have water to swim in, and a good source of food. They find the perfect place just in time. This is a perennial favorite for children and their parents. I have many fond memories of sitting before the television, watching in rapt attention as Captain Kangaroo read this book to us. Oh, how I loved the story of how Policeman Michael and the other people ensured the safet [...]

    2. [image error]“Make Way for Ducklings” is a Caldecott Medal award-winning book by Robert McCloskey and it is about how a family of ducks tries to live in the city of Boston. “Make Way for Ducklings” is a brilliant classic book that children will read over and over again.Robert McCloskey has done a superb job at both illustrating and writing this book. Robert McCloskey makes this book extremely cute as it is simply about a family of ducks trying to adjust to life in the city. Both children [...]

    3. This is probably one of my all time favorites. I live near Boston and am very familiar with the Public Garden. They have installed "Make Way for Duckling" sculptures there which any visitor to Boston might enjoy seeing.

    4. I'm a big fan of McCloskey ever since I read the Homer books when I was a kid. So I was pleasantly surprised to find this book in our school supplies for our charter school this year. Nice to see some diversity in the language arts lesson plans. Unfortunately, (or rather fortunately), my 5 yr old tested out of Kindergarten and into first grade, so we'll be sending the materials back and waiting for our first grade materials. In the meantime, I'm going through and reading all the books to the kid [...]

    5. Warning: CONTAINS SPOILERS! My reading of Make Way for Ducklings is not seeped in nostalgia like some readers' experiences might be at a later age. Because of this, I might have the advantage (or disadvantage?) of recognizing some questionable plot holes that the more sentimental reader might overlook. Mr. and Mrs. Mallard open our story by flying over beautiful New England scenery with plenty of lakes, woods, and fields looking for a place to raise their family. Because there might be natural p [...]

    6. Another book I enjoyed in my childhood. My daughter even found me a t-shirt of this from one of those literary catalogs. :)

    7. This kind of book is comfort food to me. I read it many times as a child, and then read it countless times to my own children. The illustrations are soft and gentle, without need for a lot of color to convey the story. I love the ducks and the names of the babies. I loved how the policemen stopped the traffic for the ducks. This is a favorite and will continue to be a favorite in years to come. I highly suspect someday I'll find some other children to read it to (perhaps grandchildren?) and I'll [...]

    8. This was such a cute book!I remember discovering about this book about 2 years ago on my trip in Boston. I went to the same public garden looking for the exact location of Robin Williams and Matt Damon scene in Good Will Hunting when they are sitting on a bench. I looked everywhere and because of my lack of research and my iPhone battery life I could not pinpoint it. So instead I took a tour of Boston and learned about the book and I shelved this book in the farthest regions of my mind until now [...]

    9. This book has always been one of my favorite Caldecott Medal winners for several reasons. It's just as appealing now as when I first read it as a child. The author/illustrator captures the personalities and behaviors of Mr. and Mrs. Mallard perfectly. That mother duck and those ducklings just keep waddling along the busy Boston streets, heedless of the danger that surrounds them, and trusting that someone will intervene to make sure they make their way through the traffic safely. Even after all [...]

    10. I was not a big fan of this old book. The pictures are all in color and the story didn't seem to sparkle. It's about a duck family trying to find a place to live in Boston. The neat thing about the book is you can learn some of the famous places in Boston where the ducks tried to live. There was a helpful policeman watching out for them. This won some awards and the story seems to have aged.

    11. Mr. and Mrs. Mallard have decided to start a family and are flying around, looking for just the right place in which to raise their ducklings. The woods just might be full of foxes and turtles, and that wouldn't do for raising ducklings.The prospective parents flew into Boston, circling the Public Garden. This looked like just the right spot to build a nest, even though there wasn't full in the way of food to be found in the pond. Well, at least, not until the Swan Boat sailed by and everyone be [...]

    12. When I bought an animal alphabet book by Richard Scarry this week, Bep told me that as late as the 1980s it was forbidden for animals in Dutch children's picture books to wear clothes. I had no idea. I was reading Donald Duck at the time and thought he was subversive for not wearing pants, but apparently he was subversive for wearing a shirt! I still don't understand this no clothes rule. What's so wrong about anthropomorphing (?) animals? One of the finest moments of Dutch literature is a medie [...]

    13. Make Way for Ducklings is a wonderful story about two ducks that are trying to find a new home to hatch their eggs. They fly to Boston in search for the perfect spot but have a hard time finding one until they reach a park with a very nice security officer that becomes their friend. The wife duck lays her eggs and the ducks raise their ducklings when they hatch but now they are in search of a new home. The Dad duck travels first while the mom duck raises the ducklings until they are old enough t [...]

    14. This book I thought had a simple story of two ducks finding a new home to raise their new family of ducklings. This book written in the 1940's is quite dated when compared to modern books, however the sense of community and protection given by some humans towards the ducks is quite heart felt.The book is quite large in size A4, and the background on every page is cream in colour. The drawings are traditional which had a pattern of being all brown and all the writing is green. Although there is a [...]

    15. Added 7/29/15. First published in 1941E SAMPLE AT: IS FROM FUNTRIVIA:==================================This prize-winning book by Robert McCloskey won the Caldecott Medal in 1942. The popularity of McCloskey's book led to the building of a bronze statue in Boston's Public Garden.McCloskey became inspired to write this book while he was feeding the ducks in the Public Garden. To better illustrate the story, the author brought six ducklings to live in his studio.Inci [...]

    16. The book describes how a mother and father duck look for a safe spot to hatch their ducklings. They fly all around the woods, the pond, Beacon Hill, the State House, Louisburg Square, and finally, finding a nice cozy spot to hatch the eggs, the Public Garden. They make friends with the police man, Michael.I think the book would be my choice to share with other children because it teaches the concept of making the right choice, such as you wouldn't want to live in a place that's dirty and smoky f [...]

    17. In this children's classic, Robert McCloskey presents a case study in why some parents shouldn't be allowed to name their own children. Master and Lady Mallard, in a desperate attempt to look creative, saddle their offspring with some of the most hideous appellations imaginable. You may think it's annoying when parents give all their children the same initial—and you'd be right, of course—but that has nothing on the Mallards' broadside assault on good taste. I sure hope that poor Kack and Ou [...]

    18. It's odd what strikes you many years later:"Honey, I'm off to explore 'up the river', and will be gone for about a week. Take care of our eight extremely young children. I'll meet you in that place that's on the other side of the dangerous traffic, even though there's absolutely no reason to. Have fun, and don't poison the kids' minds against me while I'm gone!"Fortunately Mrs. Mallard has the support of apparently the entire Boston police force; getting a restraining order against her deadbeat [...]

    19. An adorable story in which Mr. and Mrs. Mallard try to find a suitable place to winter and raise their little ducklings. I loved every page that had those little ducklings walking in a line behind Mrs. Mallard. And their names! Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack and Quack!! The policemen who help them cross busy roads are adorable too. A wonderful book. It's sure to be one of my favorite Caldecott medal books, and it's on my son's wish-list to buy. (He loved it, we've read it a couple tim [...]

    20. A classic children's book where the author is also the illustrator. The lack of color in the illustrations does not take away from the simple beauty of this book.Get ready to journey with the Mallard Family as they search for a place to call home.

    21. This Caldecott winning picture book from 1941 has withstood the test of time. Still a great book to read to my children.

    22. Apparently this book is a children's classic that I never heard of before it was donated to my little free library. it is quite cute.

    23. I loved this book when I was a kid, and its surprisingly profound messages of caring for the welfare of animals were accompanied by beautiful illustrations and lyrical writing.

    24. I really enjoyed this picture book. One of my favorite things about it is that the illustrations are very realistic. I learned a lot about what Boston looks like because of the drawings. I also enjoy how this is a fiction book set in a real background. The events in the story could happen in real life, except for the talking mallard ducks of course.I enjoy that the animal chosen was a duck, as there aren't a lot of stories about ducks. The only one that it is really famous is The Ugly Duckling, [...]

    25. Summary:Mr. Mallard and Mrs. Mallard are earnestly looking for the perfect place to lay her eggs. Each place they find they discover reasons it is not perfect for their hatch-lings. Once they find a spot, they wait for their 8 hatch-lings to hatch. One day their family gets separated, they need the help of some nice police officers to reunite their family. Evaluation:This is such a sweet book. It shows how these parents truly love their future kids. And how they want the absolute best for their [...]

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