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Make Way for Ducklings Paperback – February 1, 1999
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"This delightful picture book captures the humor and beauty of one special duckling family. 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." - The Barnes & Noble Review. "The quaint story of the mallard family's search for the perfect place to hatch ducklings. For more than fifty years kids have been entertained by this warm and wonderful story." - Children's Literature
About the Author
Robert McCloskey (1914-2003) wrote and illustrated some of the most honored and enduring children's books ever published. He grew up in Hamilton, Ohio, and spent time in Boston, New York, and ultimately Maine, where he and his wife raised their two daughters.
The first ever two-time Caldecott Medal winner (for Make Way for Ducklings and Time of Wonder), McCloskey was also awarded Caldecott Honors for Blueberries for Sal, One Morning in Maine, and Journey Cake, Ho! by Ruth Sawyer. He was declared a Living Legend by the Library of Congress in 2000. You can see some of his best-loved characters immortalized as statues in Boston's Public Garden and Lentil Park in Hamilton, Ohio.
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I recently purchased another consignment of mixed books and while digging through my almost sight unseen purchase, I came across this old friend and it rang bells instantly! I was able to trip back through time to earlier days, delightful days, and relive this wonderful little story. Long story short...I remember this one from when I was a wee kid.
Robert McCloskey won the Caldecott Medal for this one and there are reasons for it. He both created the text and the illustrations here and has blended them perfectly... more about that later. It was first published around 1941 and has gone through several publications since that date. The last one I am aware of is this 1969 one being featured here, but there quite well may be newer ones about.
Basically this is the story of two ducks and their adventure of raising a family in Boston, MA. The stories was developed by McCloskey after watching ducks near and about Boston Commons wend their way through traffic, both mechanized and foot.
Anyway, Mr. and Mrs. Mallard come to the great city of Boston in search of a place to raise their family. After many adventures and encounters with bicycles, cars, people and other rather intimidating city "things" they settle on the Public Gardens where they start raising their children, fuzzy little Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Quack and Pack. Mr. Mallard, a sort of adventuresome and wayward duck goes off exploring and Mrs. Mallard must move the ducklings to another location to meet up with Mr. Mallard at a later date. Their engaging journey through city streets and with the help of local authorities and good citizens comprise the rest of the story.
There are some important aspects of this book that need to be noted:
First, there is little anthropomorphizing here. The ducks actually act like ducks throughout the entire story. That does not make them any less endearing tough; no, it anything, it makes them more so. Who on earth is not charmed by a determined mom-duck or little ducklings?
Second; as pointed out by other reviewers here, there are actually 44 sounds in our (English) language, and this work incorporates all 44 in the text. This is rather amazing! This fact alone makes this work invaluable as a beginning reader.
Third; My goodness, there is the art work. The author has used chalk drawings, using a brownish tint, that would at first seem subdued, especially if compared with much of the work being done today, but subdued it is not. It has a very "old timie" look to it which is absolutely delightful to the eye.
Forth; I must echo the warning of another reviewer here. Many of these older books (the one I have here is one of the originals), are in rather sorry shape and I must warn you that many of these old books have a mold problem. This is dangerous stuff folks and if you purchase a copy and find the slightest hint of musty smell, get it out of the house! This mold is extremely dangerous for adults and it can be devastating for children.
If you can get a nice clean copy; something that should not to too difficult to do, then this is most certainly one that you will want to provide your young reader.
The work has a lot going for it. First there is the story. Two Mallard ducks, Mr. and Mrs. Mallard are trying to find a safe home to start a family; one that is safe from foxes and turtles. As they fly, several locations are considered and after a lengthy journey they settle upon a small island in the Charles River, Boston, Mass. Before settling here and starting their brood, they visit the Public Garden in Boston, where at first the find food rather hard to find, but after they encounter the "Swan Boats" and the people riding these boats throwing peanuts to them, they decide that the park is a good place. After checking the area out, the settle on the small island in the Charles River where Mrs. Mallard hatches a number of ducklings; eight in all. At that time, Mr. Mallard decides to take a short trip to check the area out. In his absence, Mrs. Mallard cares for her young and one day, after the little ones can walk, swim and learn to line up in a straight line, she takes them to the park.
The story of the friendly policeman and his coworkers, the journey through the city and their eventual arrival at their new home makes for a wonderful tale. Actual place names are used in the story and are depicted quite accurately in the illustrations. Louisburg Square, Charles river, Mount Vernon Street, Beacon Hill, The Book Store and several others sites allow visitors to more or less trace the journey of the duck family.
The second thing this story has is the marvelous art work. All is done in charcoal, with wonderful shading and great detail. The buildings, cars, people, dress and stores all are accurate to that particular era. This does not distract from the story in the least, and indeed, adds to the charm.
This is a wonderful read along book and is suitable for ages four through eight. I have personally "kid checked" it with these age groups and get asked for many rereading.
This book received the Caldecott medal in 1941 and it was well deserved. Other children's books by this author include Lentil, Blueberries for Sal, One Morning in Maine and Time to Wonder. All of these are excellent choices and should be included in any child's library.
And I didn't understand why they returned to the place where they could hardly get food except by begging peanuts and where they nearly got run over by a little boy on a bike. And why did father duck take off? A strange book, so I plan to read it a few more times to see if I can get something else out of it.
The old-timey illustrations are detailed and interesting. Thus the three stars.