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Make Way for Ducklings [Hardcover]

Robert McCloskey
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Jan. 1 1941 Viking Kestrel picture books
Mrs. Mallard was sure that the pond in the Boston Public Gardens would be a perfect place for her and her eight ducklings to live.  The problem was how to get them there through the busy streets of Boston.  But with a little help from the Boston police, Mrs. Mallard and Jack, Kack, Lack, Nack, Ouack, Pack, and Quack arive safely at their new home.
   This brilliantly illustrated, amusingly observed tale of Mallards on the move has won the hearts of generations of readers.  Awarded the
Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children in 1941, it has since become a favorite of millions.

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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. Robert McCloskey, creator of Blueberries for Sal, never fails to elicit happy story-time giggles from youngsters, and his soft, brown-toned, Caldecott-winning illustrations make this gentle world come alive. (Ages 3 to 8) --Karin Snelson

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Robert McCloskey (1914-2003) wrote and illustrated some of the most honored and enduring children's books ever published. He grew up in Hamilton, Ohio, and spent time in Boston, New York, and ultimately Maine, where he and his wife raised their two daughters. The first ever two-time Caldecott Medal winner, for Make Way for Ducklings and Time of Wonder, McCloskey was also awarded Caldecott Honors for Blueberries for Sal, One Morning in Maine, and Journey Cake, Ho! by Ruth Sawyer.  He was declared a Living Legend by the Library of Congress in 2000.  You can see some of his best-loved characters immortalized as statues in Boston's Public Garden and Lentil Park in Hamilton, Ohio.

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A tip of the hat, one and all, to Mr. Robert McCloskey. The father of the delicately shaded picture book, his stories always contain simple plots and a bundle of warmth. "Make Way For Ducklings" (which battles with "Blueberries For Sal" for the title Best-Known-McCloskey-Story) is one of the author's strongest efforts. Bringing elements of rural and urban life together, it not only tells a great tale but remains timeless in its telling.
The story follows Mr. & Mrs. Mallard, a realistically portrayed duck couple. No animals in funny clothes here. The two settle on a small metropolitan island to lay their eggs. Once hatched it's up to Mrs. Mallard and her troop to walk to their new home in the central park with the help of their local police force.
In the sixty some odd years since its publication, "Make Way For Ducklings" has remained exactly the same. The closest it comes to dating itself (aside from the stately cars and "lending library") is that Mr. Mallard abandons his family to fly ahead to the save island. That's one way of looking at it. Another way is to point out that Mrs. Mallard is a capable mother who knows exactly how to lead her small brood. The book is fun, diverting, and illustrated beautifully. It does not pretend to be anything it isn't. It is the classic above all other classics. And it is McCloskey's greatest invention.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Make Way for Ducklings Nov. 5 2003
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Make Way For Ducklings
by Robert McCloskey
The Viking Press
Imagine yourself as a mother duck, flying over Boston looking for a place to rest and lay your eggs, but you are very very particular about where you land. Considering that Boston is a busy place, would you want to raise a family there? This is what this story is all about. Make
Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey is a Realistic Fiction and Fantasy book for young and old readers. It takes place in the air when Mr. and Mrs. Mallard are looking for a place to land. Mr. Mallard finds very nice spots but Mrs. Mallard is not satisfied. She says she doesn't want to raise a family  where there might be foxes in the woods or turtles in the pond. They fly on for awhile until they reach Boston. The Mallards are very tired and fly down for the night on a small island near the park. In the morning they hunt for food in the bottom of the river but don't have a lot of luck. Soon their luck turns good when a boat carrying a load of people has the people throw peanuts to them to fill their empty stomachs. Mr. Mallard and Mrs. Mallard decided that they would like to nest there, until a boy riding a bike zips by Mr. Mallard and almost runs him over. Now will the Mallards decide to stay or will they leave forever?
There are 3 main characters (or 11 counting all the ducklings) Mrs. Mallard, Mr. Mallard, their ducklings, and Michael the policeman. Mrs. Mallard is a mother duck, that thinks a lot about  her kids' future, which I think makes a great mother. She is very independent and proud
about things she accomplishes and does. She loves her family and her husband very much and hopes for a pleasant future. She also loves her human friend, Michael, who is loving to the Mallard family. Mr. Mallard is the father duck.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Tribute to Author Robert McCloskey July 2 2003
This is a loving tribute to Robert McCloskey, the author and illustrator of the best loved children's books, 'Make Way for Ducklings,' 'Homer Price' and 'Blueberries for Sal.' McCloskey passed away June 30, 2003 at the age of 88 at his home in Deer Isle near Portland, Maine. His books focused on family experiences, small-town life, his island home in Maine and Boston. Boston was the setting for his 1941 book, 'Make Way for Ducklings.' It's about a father and mother duck who leads their eight ducklings thorugh the busy streets of the big city. McCloskey a native of Hamilton, Ohio went to Boston in 1932 to study art when he watched some ducklings waddling through traffic. The book won a Caldecott Medal for best American children's picture book. There is also a bronze sculpture of the mother duck and her eight ducklings as a popular tourist attraction in Boston. McCloskey and his family spent summers on Scott Island in Maine, where he wrote 'Blueberries for Sal,' 'One Morning in Maine' and 'Time of Wonder.' 'Time of Wonder' won a second Caldecott Medal. McCloskey has left behind a rich legacy of stories that woven around American living and families, like those of E.B. White and A.A. Milne. This is one of the best children's classics I'd recommend to any parent.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Make Way for Ducklings Oct. 23 2002
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Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey is probably one of my favorite children's books. I grew up with this in my bookshelf and have not thrown it away since. Made in 1941, renewed in 1969, and then again in 2002, it has still remained a cherished book. That's pretty good for a book made such a long time ago.
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... for example around Beacon Hill and The State House. Also, they make friends with the Policeman, Michael, and other characters in the book. This book has been a classic for almost 45 years now, and I'm sure it will continue to be one for many years to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Make way for ducklings
I had recently been on a visit to Boston and had seen the statues of the ducks in the park. I wanted to read about them and found this book very informative and passed it on to my... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Shirley Corris
5.0 out of 5 stars good purchase
I grew up with books such as this "Make Way for Ducklings" and find them very nostalgic. They are not found anymore on bookstore shelves, so I was very happy to find this... Read more
Published 9 months ago by livewell2
5.0 out of 5 stars A must if you will be visiting Boston
Purchased this book before our trip to Boston with our 3 year old twins, and it was the perfect complement to our trip. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Shiri sol Ohayon
5.0 out of 5 stars A charming classic
What can I say that everyone else hasn't already? This is probably one of the finest children's books ever written. Read more
Published on May 2 2004 by Homeschooling Single Mom
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story
This is a nice tale of a family of ducks finding their place in the world. We have the hard back version and the "book on tape" and both of my children like it. Read more
Published on Dec 7 2003 by britneyxyz
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
I am a student at West Virginia State College and taking a Childrens lit. class. Make way for ducklings is a delightful book and i strongly reccommend it to children of all ages. Read more
Published on July 9 2003 by Kim
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Tale for the Kids (and adults, too)!!!
Talk about the wonders of your own neighborhood. Robert McCloskey has taken a tale of Mr. and Mrs. Mallard and brought it to Boston, Massachusetts, and within its pages are not... Read more
Published on March 8 2003 by Gregory Nyman
5.0 out of 5 stars Make way for tears of joy!
This story will bring a smile to your face and tears of joy to your heart as you rejoice with this American family!
Dasia says, "This lovely family of ducks is great! Read more
Published on July 2 2002 by fee-fee McLaughlin
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes me want to waddle up to Boston!
This lovely family of ducks is great! I enjoyed the audiocassette so much that my Mom bought the book as a surprise! I love the way Boston looks from the Mallard's view. Read more
Published on June 29 2002
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