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Make Way for Ducklings

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  57,230 ratings  ·  866 reviews
This classic tale of the famous Mallard ducks of Boston is available for the first time in a full-sized paperback edition. Awarded the Caldecott Medal in 1942, Make Way for Ducklings has been described as "one of the merriest picture books ever" (The New York Times). Ideal for reading aloud, this book deserves a place of honor on every child's bookshelf.
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published September 10th 2001 by Viking Juvenile (first published 1941)
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midnightfaerie
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
Suzanne
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.
Arthur
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
Barbara
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
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Kiera Burnett
Summary and Critique:
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
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Ronyell
“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
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Melissa
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
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Nicole
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
Kate
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
Holly
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!
Rob
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
Derek
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
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Steve
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
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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
Hester Enthoven
Make Way For Ducklings
By Robert McCloskey

I used to love this book when I was younger as we kept ducks and ducklings at home, in the countryside, so it was funny thinking of them surviving in a big city.

This book tells the story of the Mallard family. It begins with Mr and Mrs Mallard flying over America looking for places to live and raise their ducklings. They find a nice spot in the Public Garden in Boston where they are fed peanuts by tourists on a river boat trip; however the fast bikes in t
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Allison
This book focuses on Mr. and Mrs. Mallard - two ducks on their journey to find a safe home to start their family. They fly all over searching for the perfect place. After looking and trying out multiple places, they decide to settle down in the Public Garden where there is a swamp and land that would be safe for ducklings. At this perfect location, Mrs. Mallard lays eight eggs. After sitting and waiting for a good while, the eggs finally hatch. Mr. and Mrs. Mallard are ecstatic. Mrs. Mallard sp ...more
Christina Greenberg
My first time reading this classic book! It is a sweet story about two duck parents starting a family and their search for the perfect place to do so. Looking at the year that this book was published, our country was in the middle of World War 2. I see a bigger story about the father leaving his family with promises to meet them again. The mother is left to raise the children and take care of them. The community comes together to take care of the mother and children, supporting them and helping ...more
Makenzie
In Robert McCloskey’s simple, but beautifully drawn out children’s book, Make Way for Ducklings two ducks—Mr. and Mrs. Mallard go looking for a new home to raise their future ducklings in Boston. They find an island in the pond at the Boston Public Gardens, but Mrs. Mallard thinks it’s too dangerous because of kids on bicycles. So they go on to the Charles River and find a place to hatch the baby ducklings. After the ducklings hatch and Mrs. Mallard teaches them what they need to know to survive ...more
Geneva Roberts
I thought this book was very cute. I love the classic look that Robert McCloskey's books still have even in current print. A family of mallard ducks are expecting a new bunch of ducklings and travel around the busy streets of Boston to find a proper home for their new family. They have trouble finding one suitable enough for the ducklings where its safe but find an island area of a river that would be perfect. The eggs hatch and they learn to swim and walk in a line,while on the move they get in ...more
Joel Wicecarver
Make Way for Ducklings is a brilliantly illustrated tale of a family of ducks on the move. This story was given the Caldecott Medal due to its representation of both children and parents alike. I really liked this story because it showed its readers insight into human motivation, and the power and beauty of the natural world. With the use of simpler expressions of ideas, clearer and more direct expression in the story serves as the primary connection to the visual world. Consequently, I find thi ...more
Kelly Armstrong
I liked this book. I especially thought it was sweet how it connected a relationship between the ducks and the policeman. Also, it made the ducks seem like they raised their family similar to how traditional families are in our society. This book is age appropriate for the primary grades. It is longer, which will work with their greater attention spans, it teaches a lesson about how to treat animals, and children are usually interested in animals. This book is a good representative of the pictur ...more
Jackie
I really liked the illustrations in this book, they were realistic sketches and detailed without being cluttered.

The story is a little bit cutesy for me, but it works well for the 3-8 year olds that the story is intended for. It features animal characters, which are popular for children's books. The mother duck was concerned about finding a suitable place for her children to live and taking care of them. It's a little bit longer the picture books for younger children, which works well for the g
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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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