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Make Way For Ducklings

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"Robert McCloskey's unusual and stunning pictures have long been a delight for their fun as well as their spirit of place."—The Horn Book

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 B
Hardcover, 62 pages
Published 1976 by Puffin Books (first published 1941)
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Beth Sniffs Books
Make Way for Ducklings begins with Mr. and Mrs. Mallard looking for a place to call home so they can settle down and start a family. After flying around and rejecting locations for various reasons, Mr. and Mrs. Mallard take a break and land at the Boston Public Garden. Most of their experiences at the BPG are promising, but after both nearly get run over by a child on a bicycle, Mrs. Mallard decides it would not be the ideal place to start a family — at least not yet. So Mr. and Mrs. Mallard end ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Matthew West
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Marybeth Batie
This children's picture book is about a pair of ducks who have eight ducklings, and the dad goes to find a place for them to live. The mom then leads her ducklings through the city to find the dad, in which she causes a commotion for al traffic to be stopped so they can cross the highway. This lower level reading book is comical and a classic, with themes of family and nurturing. I think that this could be used in the classroom by having children practice walking in a line like the ducklings do, ...more
John Yelverton
It's a nice read, but hardly one of my childhood favorites.
Guadalupe Sanchez
Make a way for ducklings by McCloskey Robert
Genre: picture book, fiction Reading level:4-8 years old Format: good

While reading the book Make Way For Ducklings by Robert McCloskey I came to notice the title actually goes to what the story of the book was about. This book is about a couple of ducks that are trying to find a place to raise a family but struggle to find the perfect place. Until finally the ducks fly to a place they believe is the right place for them to live at. The mother duck Mrs
Kiera Burnett
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This timeless classic features crisp, simple, and yet beautiful illustrations, lending to the tale of a family of ducks, searching for a spot to hatch their ducklings. This book challenges young readers cognitively through the use of more complex words. An example of this is McCloskey’s description of the “strange enormous bird” on the swan boat. Instead of using words such as big or weird, McCloskey uses more challenging and descriptive words. Another example is the use of
“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 and parents can easi
Make Way for Ducklings
By: Robert McCloskey

Genre: Traditional Literature

Mr. and Mrs. Mallard are searching for the appropriate home to lay their eggs, hatch and raise their ducklings. After finding a quaint little place, the Mallards await the arrival of their 8 little ducklings: Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack and Quack. Mrs. Mallard accepts the responsibility of raising the ducklings while Mr. Mallard takes off to find a more permanent home. Read the rest of the story to see the adve
Make Way for Ducklings, a well-loved, classic children’s picture book, is like taking a walk back in time. Robert McCloskey’s heartwarming portrayal of two ducks searching for the perfect place to raise their family of ducklings is charming and memorable. The illustrations capture a simpler time where policeman would take a moment to help a mother mallard and her ducklings cross the road. The Caldecott award winner was fist published in 1941. The soft cream colored pages with the brown text and ...more
Brittany Young
When I first saw this book in the library I became immediately emotionally attached to it. My Great-Grandmother had this book at her house, and when I was very young I used to look at the pictures, but I never read the words. This book is strikingly simple in appearance, which makes it seem antique and elegant. The dark green cover contrasts well with the image of the brown and cream colored ducks. Inside, the same principle was applied to the illustrations. The pictures inside are all drawn wit ...more
This is a classic children's book about two ducks looking for a place to raise their family. I know it's silly, and probably not what the children reading this book are thinking about, but my favorite part is in the beginning when the mother and father duck are trying to find a suitable place to have their baby ducks. The mother is so picky, but it shows how much she cares about these little duckies. Of course, the part that most appeals to little children is probably the part towards the end, w ...more
Definitely one of my favorite books from my childhood -- one of the first books that my father chose for me from the library and read to me at home. Never owned my own copy, but it was generally available at the library if I wanted to visit it again.
Sara K.
Read this in college and loved it. Then a friend gave me a copy in Spanish (Abran paso a los Patitos). It was fun to reread it with my goddaughter curled up in my lap telling me all about the story. There really aren't a lot of finer things in life!
Rebecca McNutt
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.
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 Ouack, ...more
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
Lauren Carlson
Make Way For Ducklings is a story about two parent ducks, Mr and Mrs Mallard, finding a good place to raise their ducklings. They finally found a place just outside of Boston to raise their ducklings. The ducklings hatched, their names were Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack and Quack. One day Mr Mallard decided to swim down the river some more to see what it was like and asked Mrs Mallard to make sure the ducklings were raised okay. That is what Mrs Mallard did, she taught them how to ...more
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Matt Cikovic
I thought this was a high quality book that had a few problems. The choice to anthropomorphize the ducks made for more engaging characters, but having the father duck abandon the family (as ducks do in nature) is awkward. The illustrations, although really life like and lovely, lack color and get a little monotonous by the end of the book. This book is more appropriate for slightly older children than others on the list due to its longer story, lack of color, and potentially tricky father issues ...more
Tori Serrano
The book Make Way for Ducklings is about a mother and father duck named misses and mister Mallard. They fly around the city of Boston to find a place to make a home and raise their ducklings. Mister and Misses Mallard find a nice little island in the middle of a pond. It has just what they need to raise their family. Mister Mallard left misses Mallard and told her that she would meet them at their new home on the island. Misses Mallard gathered up the ducklings and has them follow her through th ...more
Kally Nord
Mr. and Mrs. Mallard are looking for a place to live so they can raise a family of ducklings. At first they go to a pond in Boston where they are fed peanuts, but they leave to go an island on the Charles River, a much safer place to raise ducklings. Mrs. Mallard has eight ducklings, and teaches them as Mr. Mallard journeys to the Public Garden. Mrs. Mallard takes them through the city, where they cross the street and policemen wave at them. Finally, they meet up with Mr. Mallard in the Public G ...more
Genre: Picture Book / Fiction

The mother of eight ducklings must herd them across multiple streets full of traffic to the Public garden where their father is waiting. This book is great for demonstrating the theme of family because that is all it is; a mother and father keeping their family safe. Make Way for Ducklings is such a simple story that is very straightforward with the readers. The illustrations portray the love and care that the parent ducks have for their children in such color and d
Allison Moore
Mr. and Mrs. Mallard are two ducks looking for a safe place to lay and hatch their eggs and start their family. They flew from place to place to find a place where they can have dry land and a place for them to swim. It also had to be safe enough for the new ducklings to walk around. The Mallards fly over the Charles River and find a little island to lay their eggs. The mallards meet a policeman named Michael who feeds them peanuts whenever he sees them. Finally, eight little ducklings hatch out ...more
Mary Lauren
Mrs. Mallard could not decide a place to settle herself and Mr. Mallard before she laid her eight eggs. Finally deciding on the Charles River, the pair settle in and befriended a policeman names Michael. One day Mr. Mallard decided to go adventuring down the river and told Mrs. Mallard and the ducklings that he would meet them at the Public Gardens. The mother and baby ducklings would have never made it if it weren't for Michael calling in assistance to make traffic stop so that the ducks could ...more
Rejean Rouse
Personally I think this book was very enjoyable, but may not appeal to this generation of children. I say this because the book has very little color and its illustrations are not as elaborate as picture books now days. I think the authors note or one of this books reviews said its artwork was distinguished and old fashion, which is why it was appealing. I would agree and I think that also adds to its uniqueness as a children’s book. I also believe that this book is age appropriate, because it h ...more
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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 Bu ...more
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