Make Way for Ducklings Hardcover – Jan 1 1941
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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
"This delightful picture book captures the humor and beauty of one special duckling family. McClosky's illustrations are brilliant and filled with humor. The details of the ducklings, along with the popular sights of Boston, come across wonderfully. The image of the entire family proudly walking in line is a classic." - The Barnes & Noble Review. "The quaint story of the mallard family's search for the perfect place to hatch ducklings. For more than fifty years kids have been entertained by this warm and wonderful story." - Children's Literature --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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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.
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.Read more ›
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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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 morePublished on Jan. 28 2014 by Shirley Corris
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 morePublished on Dec 18 2013 by livewell2
Purchased this book before our trip to Boston with our 3 year old twins, and it was the perfect complement to our trip. Read morePublished on Sept. 20 2013 by Shiri sol Ohayon
What can I say that everyone else hasn't already? This is probably one of the finest children's books ever written. Read morePublished on May 2 2004 by Homeschooling Single Mom
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 morePublished on Dec 7 2003 by britneyxyz
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 morePublished on July 9 2003 by Kim
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 morePublished on March 8 2003 by Gregory Nyman
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