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Make Way for Ducklings

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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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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
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.
John Yelverton
It's a nice read, but hardly one of my childhood favorites.
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
“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...more
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...more
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
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!
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...more
Make Way for Ducklings is a story about the adventures of a family of ducks in Boston. The story begins with Mr. and Mrs. Mallard searching for a safe place to live and start a family. Every time Mr. Mallard finds a location Mrs. Mallard finds something wrong with it. Mr. and Mrs. Mallard finally decide on an island in the Charles River. Once they arrive on the island, Mr. and Mrs. Mallard build a nest for their future ducklings, begin molting, and Mrs. Mallard hatches eight ducklings named Jack...more
Mr. and Mrs. Mallard were looking for a living place .They pass the first place.And they chose a new a place- a island looks like a nice quiet place ,and it's only a little way from the Public Garden.They meet a policeman -Michael always gives them peanut. When Mrs. Mallard has eight eggs ,she can't move .One day the ducklings hatched out.It was a great job responsibility taking care of so many ducklings, and it kept them very busy. One day Mr. Mallard was left to take a trip to see what the res...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
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...more
Sarah Williams
"Make Way for Ducklings" is a classic picture storybook from the early 1940's. The tale of the mallard ducks is sure to entertain children. For the time period in which it was published, I think it is an excellent story. However, for modern days, I think it may be a tad outdated. The lack of color in the pictures can make children hesitant to choose it, as well as the references to many places and streets in Boston that most children aren't familiar with and can't relate to. For the age group, I...more
Alexis Overstreet
I think this book was cute. The way that the Mr and Mrs. Mallard searched and searched for the right place was just like a normal human family would do. I think this book teaches that when you are searching for something you never want to settle for something less then what is deserved. I think if the Mallards settle for something less, they wouldn't of met the police officer that fed them peanuts everyday and the ones that helped them and their ducklings across the street without getting hurt....more
Alexis Skyrme
I didn't not like this book however, I did think the author could have used color artwork instead of black and white. I enjoyed the story it was cute and funny to read how the ducklings were acting when they hatched. I also enjoyed the changes of setting it kept me interested into where the ducks were going to settle next. I would use this to tech elementary and middle aged children the story seems appropriate for all ages and it is an easy read with a clear message. I would use this to teach t...more
Van Phan
McCloskey, Robert. Make Way for Ducklings (1941).

Setting of this book is taken place at the Boston Public Garden in Boston. The story follows a group of ducks on where to reside their home with their new family members. The parent ducks are known as Mr. and Mrs. Mallard. They both traveled from one place to another, one park to another to find the right locations to settle in. The books take the ducks and the audience on a journey looking through the historic landmarks such as Beacon Hill, Louis...more
Jamie Drutz
I read this book in a store and loved it so much I wanted to buy it just for myself. The story of this book is really so simple, yet it had me hooked. I especially loved the illustrations. The entire book is drawn out using one color and the detail of the ducks and the scenery is incredible. The story is set in Boston and so the author goes to great lengths to show the city's various landmarks and locations, telling their names as the ducks go by. Of course, these are also done so well that I ca...more
Shawn Thrasher
Does everyone in Boston own a copy of this book? They should. The illustrations are magnificent; everything about the ducks seem completely real. The human people all stepped right out of 1941; the ducks are the same ducks you would see swimming in the pond at the park today, tomorrow, and fifty years from now. It's a cute story - not life-changing by any means - but this one is all about the pictures.
May 04, 2012 Patricia rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Patricia by: Alexandria
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I have always loved this book and have very fond memories of my aunt reading it to me. This book is an example of a picture story book intended for children ages 3-6 who are in the early stages of learning to read. Although this book is slightly lengthy the book has a good mix of text to picture on each page. The way the book is written through the perspective of a duck living in Boston allows the reader to become skilled in a different type of story understudying. The illustrations in this book...more
Carly Mcguire
Make Way for Ducklings is a delightful book that tells the story of the Mallard family (a family of ducks) and their quest to find a nest in the city of Boston, Massachusetts. The charcoal illustrations help to depict Mr. and Mrs. Mallard in their search and also the ducklings adventure while crossing Beacon Street. I think this book adequately teaches concepts of direction, decision-making, and even rhyme (the ducklings names all end in -ack). The pictures along with the story tell a great tale...more
Ashley Shepperd
This book has always been a childhood favorite of mine. This picture storybook is intended for children years 3-6. However, I think that the book is a little long and wordy for a preschooler. The illustrations are very detailed but have very little color. Colors are what really attract kids to the pictures, but I believe that the pictures are detailed enough to where it doesn't matter. The illustrations are very on point with the story and pretty life like. It makes you feel like you are in Bost...more
Amanda Harris
I loved this book! It was well written and although at first glance the book seemed too long for a preschooler the illustrations help to hold their attention. "Make way for Ducklings" is a wonderful example of a picture storybook. The text moves right along with the illustrations and support one another making to story come to life for the older reader and makes it easy for the younger preschooler who is listening to the story easy to follow. The book is age appropriate for preschoolers and prim...more
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