Make Way for Ducklings

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I wonder how many times I’ve read this book aloud. Hundreds, at least. I remember the book from my childhood and I’ve since shared it with children at home and at the library.

How is it that a book published in 1941, with illustrations in only one color, is so loved by kids? Those one-color illustrations in Make Way for Ducklings are certainly a big part of the attraction... the ducks are realistic, the perspectives and angles are varied, and there’s a strong feeling of movement and action. But the story is nearly perfect, as well. Words are practical yet poetic, the conversations between Mr. and Mrs. Mallard are wry; Mrs. Mallard, especially, has a bit of attitude that allows for no nonsense from anyone or anything.

If it’s been a while since you’ve spent some time with Robert McCloskey’s ducklings, visit the Children’s Room for a reminder of the power of a picture book.


Make Way for Ducklings

Posted by Sue Warner at 10/12/2011 04:12:52 PM | 

Sue, that is how I feel about McCloskey's Blueberries for Sal. When I read that book aloud I feel like I can hear each blueberry hit the bucket. I really enjoying reading his books with my kids!
Posted by: Jill L ( Email ) at 10/19/2011 8:51 AM

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