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Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
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Make Way for Ducklings (1941)

by Robert McCloskey

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Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
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The Coldecott Medal was awarded to this children’s classic animal story as the most distinguished picturebook for children in the year of it’s publication. The story takes place in a contemporary setting in Boston, Massachusetts. Two married ducks are seeking a place to settle down and raise children. McCloskey used both charcoal illustration and text in unison to provide the reader a realistic look at the effort ducks must take to find a place to raise babies in an urban setting. Any child that has made a transition will be able to relate to the hustle and bustle of the city with its unexpected dangers that made some places seemingly appropriate for a home but soon to learn that they must continue their search. It also introduced Michael the policeman who took a genuine interest in the safety of this family, the protagonist and sometime hero that ensured the nurturing new mother safely navigated the city to a final location where the little one were safely allowed to grow while engaging their new human friends. Although the ducks could understand humans there was never any doubt that they were ducks. Both graphic and text made the reader feel the real challenges in a city for families that any child and adult can relate to and how the community has a large part in either hindering or aiding young families in the nurturing of children.
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Having been raised myself in a city, I was thrilled to see a book that so effectively allowed children to see through the ducks that they are not alone in their transition challenges. Had I this book during several military relocations, I have no doubt it would have been a blessing for the toddlers in tow. The naming convention used by MRS Duck to name all of her ducklings not only provided humor but added a sense of belonging to one family. I was both informed and entertained, drawn to read in again and again as the soft pages soothed and provided a sense of commonality and community spirit that made it a great read for children of all ages.
Classroom Extension Ideas
1.At the beginning of school many children have been forced to relocate for several reasons and must find their footing in a new home, city, and school. This book would be a wonderful way to welcome these new comers and demonstrate an understanding that their teacher is aware of the stress of transition.
2.This story would be a great welcome to any new students that come in during the school year. To accept the new student, it could be read aloud to the class and a project could be assigned for all students to list the challenges of transition; bring in pictures of what an it means to live in an ideal home.
3.There are many family structures in postmodern families; this would be a relevant story to introduce a conversation on families and provide inclusiveness for those in the class that have alternate family structures. ( )
  jp942205 | Jul 7, 2017 |
mother duck is trying ti raise her 8 ducklings they disappear and then return at the end 1st- 3rd ( )
  frannymack13 | Apr 13, 2017 |
awh fine. Its super cute. Mr. Mallard is an asshole, though. ( )
  Kesterbird | Apr 7, 2017 |
The book "Make Way for Ducklings" is about a family of ducks that finds their way into a popular garden in a crowded city. The little family quickly learns about the hustle and bustle of the city, and adapt to those around them. The ducks eventually have a bigger family and raise their ducklings around the city. The people of Boston have a difficult time adapting to the family of ducks, but soon learn to love them. The central message of this story is that we can all adapt to changes in our lives even if it takes time. There are good things about wherever we go and we should make the best out of every opportunity to move. ( )
  BrianRatliff | Mar 15, 2017 |
Elementary
  SteppLibrary | Mar 8, 2017 |
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Mr. and Mrs. Mallard were looking for a place to live.
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There's a family of ducks, walking across the street!
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It's not easy for duck parents to find a safe place to bring up their ducklings, but during a rest stop in Boston's Public Garden, Mr. and Mrs. Mallard think they just might have found the perfect spot--no foxes or turtles in sight, plenty of peanuts from pleasant passers-by, and the benevolent instincts of a kindly police officer to boot. Young readers will love the mother duck's proud, loving protection of her wee webbed ones, and those with fond memories of Boston will enjoy familiar locales, from Beacon Hill to Louisburg Square, and over the Charles River--often from a duck's-eye view. Robert McCloskey, creator of Blueberries for Sal, never fails to elicit happy story-time giggles from youngsters, and his soft, brown-toned, Caldecott-winning illustrations make this gentle world come alive. (Ages 3 to 8) --Karin Snelson

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Mr. and Mrs. Mallard proudly return to their home in the Boston Public Garden with their eight offspring.

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