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Make Way for Ducklings

byRobert MccloskeyIllustratorRobert Mccloskey

Paperback | February 1, 1999

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"Robert McCloskey's unusual and stunning pictures have long been a delight for their fun as well as their spirit of place."—The Horn Book

Mrs. Mallard was sure that the pond in the Boston Public Gardens would be a perfect place for her and her eight ducklings to live.  The problem was how to get them there through the busy streets of Boston.  But with a little help from the Boston police, Mrs. Mallard and Jack, Kack, Lack, Nack, Ouack, Pack, and Quack arive safely at their new home.

This brilliantly illustrated, amusingly observed tale of Mallards on the move has won the hearts of generations of readers. Awarded the Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children in 1941, it has since become a favorite of millions. This classic tale of the famous Mallard ducks of Boston is available for the first time in a full-sized paperback edition.

Make Way for Ducklings has been described as "one of the merriest picture books ever" (The New York Times). Ideal for reading aloud, this book deserves a place of honor on every child's bookshelf.

"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
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...
Title:Make Way for DucklingsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:72 pages, 12 × 9.13 × 0.23 inPublished:February 1, 1999Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140564349

ISBN - 13:9780140564341

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Simple and Memorable A sweet, not too harrowing tale of a duck and her ducklings through a busy town. For some reason, this one stays with you. It wasn't the most exciting story we've read, but my children remember it fondly. I guess that's why it's a classic.
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A childhood classic Such a classic book. Children love to remember the names of the ducks and to follow them around on their Boston adventure!
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Through the Generations More than twenty years after I first discovered it on a library shelf, McCloskey's delightful picture book about a pair of ducks who raise a family in a city park still ranks high on my list of favourite books; in fact, I now read it to my own children. The story speaks to their imagination as it did to mine when I was six. The detailed, expressive drawings combine with eloquent language to make this book memorable from generation to generation of children.
Date published: 1999-06-25

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Hand picked by our Panel of Experts the IndigoKids Recommends program offers book suggestions designed to help you find the perfect book easily and confidently. Join the famous family of Mallards in their merry adventures in Boston. You and your child will enjoy hours of fun together with the lively pictures and spirited story by Robert McCloskey. The 1941 Caldecott Medal-winning picture book, Make Way for Ducklings, is finally available in a full-sized paperback.