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Make Way for Ducklings (Viking Kestrel picture books) Hardcover – January 1, 1941
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To me, the best part of the book is that the locations are actually easy to find in Boston. So if you live in the Boston area or ever come here, you can also take your children to experience the story. I know my younger daughter thought that her first Swan boat ride in the Public Garden was the ultimate moment in her life (up to that point). She kept wanting to know which duck was Mrs. Mallard, and which one was Mr. Mallard. Then she wanted to spot Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Ouack (my favorite name in the book), Pack, and Quack. I had a ball! There are also statues of Mrs. Mallard and her 8 offspring that the children can touch. There's also an annual parade that you can participate in.
If you don't know the story, here's a summary: Mr. and Mrs. Mallard were looking for a place to live where they could raise a family safely. Whenever Mr. Mallard found someplace he liked, Mrs. Mallard worried about foxes and turtles. Finally they got to the pond in the Public Garden in Boston, and were too tired to go on. So they spent the night on the little island there.Read more ›
The story follows Mr. & Mrs. Mallard, a realistically portrayed duck couple. No animals in funny clothes here. The two settle on a small metropolitan island to lay their eggs. Once hatched it's up to Mrs. Mallard and her troop to walk to their new home in the central park with the help of their local police force.
In the sixty some odd years since its publication, "Make Way For Ducklings" has remained exactly the same. The closest it comes to dating itself (aside from the stately cars and "lending library") is that Mr. Mallard abandons his family to fly ahead to the save island. That's one way of looking at it. Another way is to point out that Mrs. Mallard is a capable mother who knows exactly how to lead her small brood. The book is fun, diverting, and illustrated beautifully. It does not pretend to be anything it isn't. It is the classic above all other classics. And it is McCloskey's greatest invention.
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I love this story and that's why I've been wanting a copy. However, the seller said it was a 1941 copy, when in fact it was an updated copyright put out in 1969 or 1976, and I... Read morePublished 17 hours ago by Barbara Kauffman
My 6 year old grand daughter loved the story. Its an old story and the book still sells because I see how the children love itPublished 6 days ago by I Love Dogs
My children LOVED this book. They signed on their favorite page with a personal note, "The swan boats operate here; you'll love to take a ride on these!"Published 13 days ago by Caoss razmg
I wish every child in the world could read this book, it's sweet and special, a gift to us from another era.Published 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
It was a gift for a baby shower. It was a childhood favorite of my daughter's. The couple lives in Boston.Published 1 month ago by Catherine Roberts