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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Tuesday - First Chapter - First Paragraph - Make Way For Ducklings



Each Tuesday, Diane at Bibliophile By the Sea shares the first part of a book that she is reading or thinking about reading.  This week I'm sharing:  Make Way For Ducklings by Robert McCloskey. Awarded the Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children in 1941, it has since become a favorite of millions.  I remember reading this book when I was a little girl and I read it my daughter as well.  I loved getting to visit Boston recently and seeing the Boston Public Garden.  See what you think:



     Mr. and Mrs. Mallard were looking for a place to live.  But every time Mr. Mallard saw what looked like a nice place, Mrs. Mallard said it was no good.  There were 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.  So they flew on and on.
     When they got to Boston, they felt too tired to fly any further.  There was a nice pond in the Public Garden, with a little island on it.  'The very place to spend the night,' quacked Mr. Mallard.  So down they flapped.




Blurb:

Mrs. Mallard was sure that the pond in the Boston Public Gardens would be a perfect place for her and her eight ducklings to live.  The problem was how to get them there through the busy streets of Boston.  But with a little help from the Boston police, Mrs. Mallard and Jack, Kack, Lack, Nack, Ouack, Pack, and Quack arrive safely at their new home.

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Here's a few more pictures for your viewing pleasure:

Boston Public Gardens - Pond and Swan Boats


Make Way For Ducklings Sculpture


Robert McCloskey Tribute



24 comments:

  1. Nice! A very nostalgic read--and made better by your recent travels.

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    1. I agree. Really brought this book to life!

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  2. What a lovely book! I enjoyed your photos of the Boston Public Gardens. Beautiful.
    Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment.
    Sandy @ Writing With a Texas Twang

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    1. It was a beautiful place indeed!

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  3. A favorite of mine too. Memphis, Tennessee also has a duck parade each day that ends in a hotel elevator.

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    1. Oh wow! That sounds really special!

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  4. Oh, I love this book! It's been years since I read it...and the photos are gorgeous, too. That sculpture is wonderful.

    I love Boston...I only went there once, for a weekend back in the 1980s...but I've always wanted to go back.

    Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

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    1. I don't know if I'll get to go back again, but I did enjoy this trip so much!

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  5. I loved this book as a kid! Thank you for bringing back a wonderful memory.

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  6. fI love this book too. Thanks for the pictures as well. This is a good reminder that haven't read this one to our grandson yet. Thanks.

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    1. Hope you two enjoy reading it!

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  7. I so loved reading this to my kids. My favorite of his is Blueberries for Sal. I wanted a kitchen like the mother's!

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    1. I loved that one too. This really brought back memories. That's why I wanted to see the sculpture and the garden.

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  8. Oh how wonderful! I love this book but I'm not sure I ever read it to the Tornado. I need to go see if the library has it so I can fix that. I love the sculpture and seeing the real garden! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I loved getting to see them too. Had to get out our copy and read it again. :-)

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  9. Many years ago I met a book friend at Boston Public Gardens and set a copy of Make Way for Ducklings at the foot of the statues. We sat there all day and listened in as parents read part of the book to the children.

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    1. What a great story, Deb! Love that!

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  10. That duck sculpture is the best! What a great First Chapter post :)

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    1. Is it cute? They dress the ducks up to reflect the seasons or so I understand. :-)

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    1. I bet almost all of us read it or at least listened to it at some point in our lives.

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