Make Way for Ducklings
by Robert McCloskey
Expecting the birth of their ducklings, Mr. and Mrs. Mallard search for a home. Mr. Mallard thinks the woods might be nice, but his wife thinks there are "sure to be foxes in the woods or turtles in the water, and she was not going to raise a family where there might be foxes or turtles.” As they fly over Boston, Robert McCloskey’s sepia-toned pencil illustrations depict breathtaking views over the State House and the Charles River. The feathered couple settles on an island in the Charles River, and just in time! Mrs. Mallard gives birth to eight ducklings: Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack and Quack. The highlight of the book is the mother duck leading her ducklings from the island to the Public Gardens—with Michael the policeman stopping traffic to help the web-footed family make it across a busy intersection. Today, a sculpture stands in the Boston park in tribute to McCloskey’s ducklings. Your youngsters will delight in the idea of a parade of ducklings stopping traffic in a busy city.