2 sort-of-duck-related picture books!


Make Way for Ducklings

Robert McCloskey
The Viking Press, Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers, 1941, 1969

 Mr. and Mrs. Mallard fly into Boston looking for a place to call home. They fly around the city and first land in the Public Gardens, but after a day spent there, Mrs. Mallard decides its’ just too dangerous for ducklings. So they take to the sky again until they find a small island on the Charles River. There they raise eight ducklings. One day Mr. Mallard says he is going exploring and will meet Mrs. Mallard and the babies in the Public Garden’s pond. Mrs. Mallard goes about the business of teaching her ducklings how to swim, dive and fish. And in a few days its’ time to go to their new home. She swims them over the river to the side and they make their way – on foot – because ducklings can’t fly – to the Gardens. Of course, chaos ensues as this momma duck and her eight babies go waddling along the city streets and into traffic. Will the cars Make Way for Ducklings?

 Adorable picture book – I can’t decide which I like better – the vintage cars or the ducklings stopping traffic. It’s funny how ducks can stop traffic in the year 2016 just like they did in 1941!! Have you made way for ducklings??

 Rating: 4 out of 5 paws


Q is for Duck
An Alphabet Guessing Game

Mary Elting & Michael Folsom
Pictures by Jack Kent

 For very early readers and babies, this book is a fun new way to learn the alphabet. Instead of A is for apple and Z is for Zebra, A is for  Zoo and Z is for animals – because animals live in a zoo! Sweet and colorful illustrations are spare and easy to understand for non-readers. Kids learn that ducks quack, hens cluck, kangaroos jump, and of course, cats nap!

 Rating: 4 out of 5 paws


simon 2 locBoth books reviewed by: Simon

  Robert McCloskey

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