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on August 4, 2013
I remember my mom reading this to me and I read it to my children. I have purchased this book for each of my grandchildren and they love it. Now we have pictures of the grands with the duckling statues on the Boston common.
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on June 12, 2012
One of my professors once said to read a children's book everyday. Make Way for Ducklings is one I recently bought for my grand-daughter and we are both enjoying it.
We can identify with the family crisis and how the parents sought to solve it. They moved to a new park and a new location.
I especially like how Mrs. Mallard taught her babies obedience which is so important in life. i also loved the policeman who ensured the family was safe in traffic.

This book is a classic and a MUST READ for the young at heart.
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on June 13, 2011
In 1959 I purchased our first copy of "Make Way for Ducklings" for our 2 year old daughter. We were living in Boston and so the drawings were exciting and familiar to her, and the warmth in the Mallard family was a great illustration of family ties. Back home in Australia this has been a favorite amongst all four of my children. Imagine my delight to find that it is still available and so can find its way into more of my grandchildren's hearts. They pore over the illustrations even though they are not in bright colours, and love the detail.
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on November 5, 2003
Make Way For Ducklings
by Robert McCloskey
The Viking Press
Imagine yourself as a mother duck, flying over Boston looking for a place to rest and lay your eggs, but you are very very particular about where you land. Considering that Boston is a busy place, would you want to raise a family there? This is what this story is all about. Make
Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey is a Realistic Fiction and Fantasy book for young and old readers. It takes place in the air when Mr. and Mrs. Mallard are looking for a place to land. Mr. Mallard finds very nice spots but Mrs. Mallard is not satisfied. She says she doesn't want to raise a family  where there might be foxes in the woods or turtles in the pond. They fly on for awhile until they reach Boston. The Mallards are very tired and fly down for the night on a small island near the park. In the morning they hunt for food in the bottom of the river but don't have a lot of luck. Soon their luck turns good when a boat carrying a load of people has the people throw peanuts to them to fill their empty stomachs. Mr. Mallard and Mrs. Mallard decided that they would like to nest there, until a boy riding a bike zips by Mr. Mallard and almost runs him over. Now will the Mallards decide to stay or will they leave forever?
There are 3 main characters (or 11 counting all the ducklings) Mrs. Mallard, Mr. Mallard, their ducklings, and Michael the policeman. Mrs. Mallard is a mother duck, that thinks a lot about  her kids' future, which I think makes a great mother. She is very independent and proud
about things she accomplishes and does. She loves her family and her husband very much and hopes for a pleasant future. She also loves her human friend, Michael, who is loving to the Mallard family. Mr. Mallard is the father duck. He is a loving and caring dad who sometimes gets annoyed with his wife when it comes to finding new nesting ground. Mr. Mallard helps take care of the young with his wife but also likes to venture off to see the surrounding area. Michael, the policeman, is the family friend. Everyday they go and visit him for peanuts. Michael also does great deeds for them by helping them cross the street carefully. He loves his little family friends.
I recommend this book to all readers, because it is a short story and it will not take a long time out of your day to read it. It is a heartwarming book that you can imagine what is happening without looking at the illustrations. The illustrations are so detailed that you can understand the story without actually reading the words. You can actually go to Boston and see statues of Mrs. Mallard and her ducklings walking to the pond at the public garden, which my family and I did this summer. I connected to the story when I saw the big swan boat carrying  people, just as the Mallards saw them, too. I think the boat and statues are cool. Anyone can enjoy this book because it's made for all ages!!  
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A short book (usually printed in an oversized format) for little children about two ducks who look for a place to nest in Boston. The illustrations are delightful and children love it. This book won the 1942 Caldecott Medal for best illustration in a book for children. I enthusiastically recommend it.
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on March 8, 2016
This book is awesome and I am so glad I bought it for my nephew. Everyone should have an appreciation for ducks. The beautiful illustrations and lovely story line are unforgettable. Note, the illustrations are monochrome, with is less exciting to some children who prefer colors, but the artwork is stunning and inspiring to anyone who can appreciate it. My little nephew and niece love this book.
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on January 8, 2013
"Make Way for Ducklings" should be gifted to every baby by its fairy godparents. I remember having it read to me when I was little and the clothes & cars of the illustrations were contemporary. I read it to my sons, who loved the story of Mr and Mrs Mallard---that careful and competent mother of eight---and the compassionate policemen who stopped traffic right by the Boston Commons. I ordered a copy from Amazon a few weeks ago for my great-granddaughter, loving it just as much as ever.

Why does the book---the story and the illustrations---hold up so well over so many years and generations? The story tells of a kindly world, such as would make a child feel secure, warm, and happy: the loving parent ducks, the island in the lake of the great park where the swanboats still glide, and the police who care enough about little ones to stop traffic so Mrs Duck can lead her small family across the streets and into their new home in the park. The story tells also about a city, Boston, with the old squares, the state house, details from which the reader can take off with more stories for the little ones nestled close. And the illustrations in brown crayon (I think) are magical, individuating the ducklings, catching the quirkiness of the good citizens of Boston, bringing to our today the life of one spring day long long ago.

May you and your next generations delight in "Make Way for Ducklings" too!
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on November 4, 2009
Aside from the beautiful art and endearing story, this book makes a great addition to any beginning reader's library simply for its use as a fun learning tool. There are forty-four sounds in the English language, and all forty-four of those sounds can be found in this book. The same can be said about Goodnight Moon. Be sure to give that book your attention, too!

November 9-13 is National Young Readers Week!
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There are a number of books in our cannon of children's literature that should be read to or by every child. This is one of those books.

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.

Don Blankenship
The Ozarks
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Make Way for the Ducklings by Robert McClosky has become a classic in children's literature since it was first published in 1941. Children's books have changed a lot over the years, but this particular work is substantial proof that change is not always best and more importantly, that quality will always stand the test of time.

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.

Don Blankenship
The Ozarks
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