Today I am sharing a book that we discovered at our library, quite by accident.
Even though we had read several other books by Robert McCloskey, I wasn’t familiar with Make Way for Ducklings until we spotted it as a ‘Librarian’s Pick’. It quickly became a favorite and we checked it out many times.
Fast forward a couple of years, and we re-discovered this sweet book in our reading curriculum this past year. I love it when that happens!
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Make Way for Ducklings
Book: Make Way for Ducklings
Author and Illustrator: Robert McCloskey
There are many duck-themed books available in children’s literature, but Make Way for Ducklings quickly became a book my girls and I wanted to read over and over.
Mr. and Mrs. Mallard are on a search for the perfect place to make a home for their little ducklings: Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack, and Quack.
Despite several obstacles (foxes and such!), the Mallard Family decided to make their home at the pond in the Boston Public Gardens. However, they had to cross through the busy Boston streets to get there!
Thankfully, a very kind police officer helps Mrs. Mallard and her ducklings arrive safely at their new home.
This is a heart-warming story, and we’ve read it many times over!
Learning Activities for Make Way for Ducklings
Make Way for Ducklings is a fun book to use for a literature-based unit study. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
★ Look up the city of Boston on your globe.
★ Work on a Make Way for Ducklings lapbook.
★ Discuss the job of a policeman. What do they usually do? What do they wear? Brainstorm a few of the many ways they help the community.
★ Have your kiddos help make a duck snack.