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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. ...more
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published September 10th 2001 by Viking Press (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
Shelves: children

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
A beautifully illustrated story about two mallards who are searching for the perfect place to raise a family. Although they don't pick an ideal place everyone does their best to help the ducks when the ducklings arrive. A happy story about ducks raising a family and living in a built up area.

Borrowed from openlibrary.
Prabhjot Kaur
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Mr. and Mrs. Mallard are looking for a place to hatch their ducklings and live. They fly all around and try to look for a perfect place. They come across a place by the Charles River and hatch the ducklings there. They have eight ducklings. They also come across a nice, friendly policeman called Michael who feeds them and also helps them to cross across the town in busy traffic.

This is such an adorable book with charming, vintage pictures. I have the new version that is read by the actor, Jake G
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
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. ...more
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?
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
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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
One Code 431
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
The art is beautiful and the story was quite nice
Jillian ❀‿❀
➳ First page in, & I'm positive I experienced this as a kid. I'd totally forgotten! I must not have been able to read at the time, because I have no memory of the words. My mother must have read it! <3 ...more
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for Sweetly Engaging Picture-Books Featuring Ducks & Ducklings
Mr. and Mrs. Mallard search for the ideal spot in which to raise a family in this delightful picture-book, which won Robert McCloskey the prestigious Caldecott Medal for his illustrations in 1942. Flying over Boston, they alight on the pond in the Public Garden, only to decide that this is not the place for raising babies when they are almost run over by a young bicyclist on one of the park paths. Moving on to a small island in the Charles River, they raise their brood of ducklings, intending to ...more
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. :)
One of the best. Classics are classics for a reason.
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The first duckling was named Jack. He was my favorite.
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
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
Katt 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
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
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. ...more
Jul 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Loved it 🦆
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Before the ever so popular Little Quack picture books, there was this wonderful book that was published in 1941 and won the Caldecott Medal award in 1942. Its simplicity of a mama duck caring for her eight babies in the public garden in the city of Boston was a delight to read. I read it aloud to my four year old and she clung to every word and picture in it; so I don’t think the black and white illustrations hindered a young child’s reading enjoyment at all.
Alex  Baugh
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
This is one of those classic picture books that I've heard of but have never read before. It seems that it  had a huge presence in the lives of many children and they look back on this one with fond nostalgia. I came into this book only with the recognition have having seen the cover countless times but no knowledge of what the book was about. 

Mr. and Mrs. Mallard look fly all over Boston looking for a place to build a nest and have a family. Along the way they make friends with police officer M
Matthew West
Dec 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: t-l-307
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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.
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. ...more
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful illustrations by a master - lovely story.
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
I grew up with this book. A wonderful classic.
Lila Smith
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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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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