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Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
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Closkey, R. (1941). Make way for ducklings. New York: Scholastic.
(renewed in 1969 and 2001)

Summary:
Mr. and Mrs. Mallard lived on an island in the middle of a Boston Charles River, close to the Public Garden (where they later lived . Although Boston was dangerous (getting run over by bikes, speeding cars, etc…), the ducks decided to hatch 8 ducklings there. They befriended Michael, the policeman, who helped Mrs. Mallard when Mr. Mallard had to take a trip up the river. When Mrs. Mallard and her ducklings encounter some trouble spots, Michael comes to the rescue!

Reviews/Awards:
New York Times 1941
Caldecott Award Medal 1942
Named one of Reading Rainbow's 101 Best Children's Books
(Public reviews/kudos: construction of a statue in the Public Garden of the mother duck and her eight ducklings, and the book is the official children's book of the Commonwealth of MA)

Curriculum Connection:
Connection to 1st grade Geography: 1st graders create a map of where the ducks started as well as ended up, then create their own map if the ducks where to visit our school, where would they go? What path would they take? Students make a map of their route.
Idea originated from: http://www.teachervision.fen.com/fict...
Audio interview with Robert Closkey: http://www.hbook.com/history/radio/mc...
Article about ducks walking in NYC: http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/200...

Personal Connection: My parents read this story to me when I was a child! It was one of my favorites. I especially liked when they walked across Boston.

Grades: K-2
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