- Publisher: The Viking Press; 24th edition (1966)
- ASIN: B003LDKUSK
- Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 9.3 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (465 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,993,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Make Way for Ducklings Hardcover – 1966
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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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A favorite from my childhood from my grandmother. Happy to be able to pass it on to a new generation. Sweet story, lovely sepia colored illustrations.Published 8 days ago by Haley G.
This is still a wonderful book. I ordered if for my eight-year old great-grandson and he loves it also.Published 10 days ago by gigione
Classic book for my grand nephew who doesn't live too far from Boston!Published 17 days ago by mossy
Always a classic! The illustrations are a trip to an art museum!Published 29 days ago by therese h.