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Make Way for Ducklings

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  76,253 ratings  ·  1,573 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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Blake Gebhardt The name of the father duck is Mr. Mallard.

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Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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The Big Chill Except With The Ducklings From Make Way For Ducklings, Now All Grown Up is what I originally was going to post for this review but then I was like you know who likes ridiculous things with extremely long titles is McSweeney's, I should see if they want this, and they did. Here are the Duckling things I didn't cover:

a) my kid thinks all cops are named Michael now
b) here is a funny tweet
c) this book is very famous amongst Bostonians and all babies born in Boston automatically get li
Book Concierge
5***** and a ❤

Mr and Mrs Mallard search for a good home in which to raise their brood. It must be safe from foxes and turtles, have water to swim in, and a good source of food. They find the perfect place just in time.

This is a perennial favorite for children and their parents. I have many fond memories of sitting before the television, watching in rapt attention as Captain Kangaroo read this book to us. Oh, how I loved the story of how Policeman Michael and the other people ensured the safety
Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
3.5 Stars

I adore the art in this book... and it’s just so stinking cute? Small fry loved counting the ducklings and reading off their names. But the ending also feels really abrupt after soooo much build up?
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.
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“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 par
Sep 30, 2016 rated it liked it

My reading of Make Way for Ducklings is not seeped in nostalgia like some readers' experiences might be at a later age. Because of this, I might have the advantage (or disadvantage?) of recognizing some questionable plot holes that the more sentimental reader might overlook.

Mr. and Mrs. Mallard open our story by flying over beautiful New England scenery with plenty of lakes, woods, and fields looking for a place to raise their family. Because there might be natural p
Aug 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
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
Jasmine Shadows
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
McCloskey has been a favorite children's book author of mine since I was a child. I enjoyed reading it to my children, and will most definitely read all of his books to grandchildren someday.
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another book I enjoyed in my childhood. My daughter even found me a t-shirt of this from one of those literary catalogs. :)
Kristine Hansen
Feb 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This kind of book is comfort food to me. I read it many times as a child, and then read it countless times to my own children. The illustrations are soft and gentle, without need for a lot of color to convey the story. I love the ducks and the names of the babies. I loved how the policemen stopped the traffic for the ducks. This is a favorite and will continue to be a favorite in years to come. I highly suspect someday I'll find some other children to read it to (perhaps grandchildren?) and I'll ...more
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The first duckling was named Jack. He was my favorite.
One of the best. Classics are classics for a reason.
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Everyone of all ages just has to read this. Period. Everyone who can find some little kids to read it to must stop what they're doing and read this to them at ONCE.
This was in a pile of our old books my mom took out when she was trying to find titles to use at a literacy program she volunteers with. I had to read it again because I thought I'd forgotten the story - but I hadn't! It's one of those nice ones to revisit and appreciate again as an adult -- just to discover that what you liked about
Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was such a cute book!

I remember discovering about this book about 2 years ago on my trip in Boston. I went to the same public garden looking for the exact location of Robin Williams and Matt Damon scene in Good Will Hunting when they are sitting on a bench. I looked everywhere and because of my lack of research and my iPhone battery life I could not pinpoint it.

So instead I took a tour of Boston and learned about the book and I shelved this book in the farthest regions of my mind until now
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
I was not a big fan of this old book. The pictures are all in color and the story didn't seem to sparkle. It's about a duck family trying to find a place to live in Boston. The neat thing about the book is you can learn some of the famous places in Boston where the ducks tried to live. There was a helpful policeman watching out for them. This won some awards and the story seems to have aged.
Lila Smith
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
I grew up with this book. A wonderful classic.
Alex (not a dude) Baugh
Mr. and Mrs. Mallard have decided to start a family and are flying around, looking for just the right place in which to raise their ducklings. The woods just might be full of foxes and turtles, and that wouldn't do for raising ducklings.

The prospective parents flew into Boston, circling the Public Garden. This looked like just the right spot to build a nest, even though there wasn't full in the way of food to be found in the pond. Well, at least, not until the Swan Boat sailed by and everyone be
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful illustrations by a master - lovely story.
Apr 14, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Matthew West
Dec 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Vicki Purbrick
Feb 05, 2016 rated it liked it
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This book I thought had a simple story of two ducks finding a new home to raise their new family of ducklings. This book written in the 1940's is quite dated when compared to modern books, however the sense of community and protection given by some humans towards the ducks is quite heart felt.

The book is quite large in size A4, and the background on every page is cream in colour. The drawings are traditional which had a pattern of being all brown and all the writing is green. Although there is a
Joy H.
Jul 29, 2015 marked it as keep-in-mind
Added 7/29/15. First published in 1941.

This prize-winning book by Robert McCloskey won the Caldecott Medal in 1942. The popularity of McCloskey's book led to the building of a bronze statue in Boston's Public Garden.

McCloskey became inspired to write this book while he was feeding the ducks in the Public Garden. To better illustrate the story, the author brought six ducklings to live
Manik Sukoco
Dec 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 f
King Ævil
Oct 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Kathryn Hast
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
I recently read this to my daughter, and I was really looking forward to it. I spent three years in Boston, so I wanted to share that with her, and I was excited to revisit what I remembered as an engaging story. Unfortunately, this book has lost its spark. It's too rooted in a decades-old mentality, which finds humor in depictions of the lower class, and couches females as picky and hard-to-please. My daughter did still enjoy the infectious names of the ducklings, but I will probably encourage ...more
Jul 14, 2011 rated it liked it
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
An adorable story in which Mr. and Mrs. Mallard try to find a suitable place to winter and raise their little ducklings. I loved every page that had those little ducklings walking in a line behind Mrs. Mallard. And their names! Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack and Quack!! The policemen who help them cross busy roads are adorable too.

A wonderful book. It's sure to be one of my favorite Caldecott medal books, and it's on my son's wish-list to buy. (He loved it, we've read it a couple tim
This will be of most interest to kids who have some familiarity with Boston.

The ducks apparently plan to survive on peanuts the people provide. Hmm. That's not the best message for living with wildlife. Human food is not recommended for animals. (Killjoy, I know.)

I like some of his other books better than this one.
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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