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Make Way for Ducklings
Make Way for Ducklings
Author: Robert McCloskey
Mr. and Mrs. Mallard proudly return to their home in the Boston Public Garden with their eight offspring.
ISBN-13: 9780590339490
ISBN-10: 0590339494
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 64
  • Currently 4.7/5 Stars.

4.7 stars, based on 43 ratings
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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A necessary read for any child. My daughter (almost 3) loves this book.
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Nostalgic story by McCloskey for preschool and primary grades.
Author of Lentil and the Homer Price books for 3,4th graders.
His best and a Caldecott winner that has been loved by my kids and grandkids.
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A classic! It is especially fun to read before and after a trip to Boston with the kids.
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Very cute classic children's book about a family of ducklings who make their home in one of Boston's downtown parks.
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I used this in a homeschool study and loved it! The illustrations are also simple and classic!
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This classic story should be on every toddler's bookshelf. It is a wonderful read-aloud book and little ones for years have loved the story and the adorable illustrations.
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Set in the bustling city of Boston, Make Way for Ducklings first amazed audiences in 1941. Awarded the Caldecott Medal in the same year, this delightful picture book captures the humor and beauty of one special duckling family.
When Mr. and Mrs. Mallard need a proper home to raise a family, they scour all of Boston's prominent spots. However, from Beacon Hill to the State House to Louisburg Square, nothing seems quite right -- until they find a small island in the Charles River that is perfect. After settling in, they take a trip to the park, where they meet a very nice policemen who feds them peanuts.

Soon, Mrs. Mallard has laid her eggs. After keeping them warm and safe, she watches the ducklings hatch, healthy and happy. She teaches them to swim, dive, and walk in a neat line, one behind the other. When she takes her brood out for their first walk into the city streets, cars screech to a halt, and Mrs. Mallard quacks her way across. Luckily, her policeman friend calls for help, and the officers direct traffic to "make way" for the duckling clan.

McClosky's illustrations are brilliant and filled with humor. The details of the ducklings, along with the popular sights of Boston, come across wonderfully. The image of the entire family proudly walking in line is a classic. Revisit this timeless tale with this splendid 60th anniversary edition, which also features a commemorative author bookplate to celebrate the occasion. (Amy Barkat)

From the Publisher
The busy Boston streets are too dangerous for eight little ducklings! But with a little help from a friendly policeman Mrs. Mallard and her family arrive safely at their new home. The public garden was no place for ducklings when they were first born, but now they are old enough to brave the raucous crowds and swim with the giant swan boats. Available for the first time in a full-size paperback edition, this Caldecott winning classic continues to delight generations of children
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This one is a classic. A great Book about a family of ducks in the City Moving to their Perfect home.