"Just any old place won't do for raising a family of ducklings. Mr. Mallard thought the pond in the Boston Public Garden would be just right, especially with the swan boats bringing all those people, and all those peanuts. But Mrs. Mallard knew right away that the park was not a safe place for babies. A quiet island in the Charles River, however, proved just right for bringing up a new family—eight fluffy ducklings in all. And after her brood had learned to swim and dive, to walk in a line, and to come when called, Mrs. Mallard knew the time was right. They would all return to the Public Garden. But though the ducklings were old enough to look out for themselves, they couldn't fly. How to move them across the highway, down busy streets and intersections? Mrs. Mallard didn't make a fuss. She just set off at a proud waddle and the ducklings filed along behind her. The people of Boston would just have to make way!
This brilliantly illustrated, amusingly observed tale of Mallards on the move has won the hearts of generations of readers. Awarded the Caldecott Medal as "the most distinguished American picture book for children" in 1941, it has since become a favorite of millions, children and adults alike, as "one of the merriest picture-books ever..." told in very few words with a gravity that underscores the delightful comedy of the pictures." -The New York Times
Author "Robert McCloskey wrote and illustrated some of the most honored and enduring children's books ever published. Make Way For Ducklings, which followed his successful publication of Lentil, was inspired by his early experiences in Boston. 'I first noticed the ducks when walking through the Public Garden every morning on the way to art school,' he wrote. 'When I returned to Boston four years later to work, I noticed the traffic problem of the ducks, and heard a few stories about them. Then the book just sort of developed from there.' The book received the Caldecott Medal, as did his story Time of Wonder, making Mr. McCloskey the first person to be so honored twice. He is also the creator of two Caldecott Honor Books, Blueberries for Sal and One Morning in Maine, and the illustrator of a third, Ruth Sawyer's Journey Cake, Ho! His books for older readers include the popular Homer Price and Centerburg Tales.
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