Make Way For Ducklings
Posted on April 20, 2014 by Liz Blake | 0 comments
In the wake of the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, my heart & mind have lately been in Boston. I grew up in Massachusetts & have a lot of family & friends who live there, so the tragedy struck close to home for me. It’s been so inspiring to watch how the city has rallied and come together over the past year & I am proud to come from such a strong place.
For this post, I wanted to feature one of my favorite books that also happens to be set in Boston. Robert McCloskey’s Make Way For Ducklings is a Caldecott Award winning book that has been quite popular since it was written in 1941. (Another notable favorite by McCloskey is Blueberries for Sal). The book, known for its illustrations, follows a couple of mallards around the city of Boston as they search for the perfect place to raise their family. After giving birth to Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Oack, Pack and Quack, the mallard family eventually settles down on an island in the Boston Public Garden & lives happily ever after.
McCloskey’s story has been brought to life with the construction of nine duck statues in the Boston Public Garden in tribute to McCloskey & his book. These statues are a sight to see for a visitor of any age. (They even have great taste in sports!)
The statues, installed in 1987, are a tribute to Robert McCloskey "whose story ... has made the Boston Public Garden familiar to children throughout the world."