Happy Easter from Boston’s Make Way for Ducklings

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Robert McCloskey’s classic story, Make Way for Ducklings, is immortalized in bronze statues in the Public Garden on Boston Common.  Mrs. Mallard and her eight ducklings, Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack, and Quack  are all decked out and dressed in their fancy bonnets, ready for Easter.

This classic children’s book was written in 1941 and received the coveted Caldecott Medal in 1942.  The story, based in Boston, is about two ducks, Mr. and Mrs. Mallard, and their journey to find a proper home and start a family.  After the ducklings hatch, there are adventures throughout the city and help from a friendly policeman named Michael.

Make Way for Ducklings has been continuously in print since it was first published.  As of 2003, the book had sold over two million copies.  The city of Boston has whole-heartedly embraced the story.  In the Public Garden where the Mallards eventually settled, the bronze statues of Mrs. Mallard and her ducklings by artist Nancy Schön was erected in 1987 – a tribute to Robert McCloskey.

Happy Easter from the Bronze Ducklings at the Public Garden in Boston.


About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty-five years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I was a live guest on the Kelly Clarkson Show. I am highlighted in the seventh edition of Jim Trelease's million-copy bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital, and the Massachusetts State House in Boston.
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77 Responses to Happy Easter from Boston’s Make Way for Ducklings

  1. Opher says:

    Happy Easter!!

  2. Ritu says:

    Happy Easter!

  3. GP Cox says:

    Same to You, Jennie!!

  4. I can’t believe how many great American children’s books I don’t know, Jennie. Good thing I met you and can re-mediate [smile].

  5. Darlene says:

    Happy Easter from rainy Spain!! What a lovely tribute to a great book.

    • Jennie says:

      Thank you, Darlene. Yes, a great book! The bronze ducks have been decorated on occasion, like when the Red Sox won the World Series. Always a treat. The Easter bonnets are my favorite! Happy Easter from New England.

  6. Your post made me want to get in my car and drive down to Boston to see the ducklings!

  7. ren says:

    That is a long time to be in print!
    Somehow, Jennie, I just can’t imagine you being able to find your way out of a library.
    Injoy your weekend and warm bunny ear hugs to you!

  8. AWWWW! That’s just sweeter than any chocolate bunny. Happy Easter, Jennie. I’ll have to look for the book next time I’m out and about. Love the ducklings’ names.

    • Jennie says:

      Thank you so much, Marlene. It’s wonderful that Boston has the statues. I just love their Easter finery. The book is the children’s book of Massachusetts, while Dr. Seuss the the children’s author of Massachusetts. You will like the book, Marlene.

  9. A wonderful post, Jennie. Thank you. Happy Easter to you

  10. Ellen says:

    This is a book from my childhood that I also read to my children. What book do you suppose has been read to Benjamin as recently as Thursday? We are fortunate to live within easy travelling distance to visit Boston Public Garden and the magnificently sculptured Bronze Ducklings on the 35 feet of old Boston cobblestone. Over the past 30 years my children and now my grandchild have seen them adorned for holidays and for sporting events too. I think that we are overdue for another visit! Happy Easter! Thank-you! P.S. I am hoping that you will send me an email address, as I would like to send something to you!

    • Jennie says:

      That is just wonderful, Ellen! I love the bronze ducks when they’re decorated for different holidays and sporting events. The Easter bonnets are among the best. What a wonderful thing for Boston to have! I hope you get to visit there again soon. My address is P.O. Box 739, Groton, MA 01450. Best to you. 🙂

      • Ellen says:

        Thank-you for your address, many people hesitate to give theirs out to strangers and I can be quite strange at times! Such as the present…I was hoping for an email address! Thank-you!

      • Jennie says:

        Oh! I guess I’m showing my age as I think of a physical address when someone asks for an address. Ha! sfitzkee@erols.com 🙂

  11. I always loved sharing this book with students. Such wonderful illustrations, and I had no idea about the statues! Thank you for this, and have a pleasant weekend, Jennie!

    • Jennie says:

      It’s one of my favorites, too, and definitely an important part of Boston. The duckling statues are so popular here. Best to you, Becky. 🙂

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  13. AJ says:

    I loved seeing that art when I was in Boston!

  14. Such a joyful scene, Jennie, immortalizing my favorite story. Thank you for sharing. Happy Easter!❤️

  15. I love it when communities integrate different aspects of its citizens in its parks, gardens, festivals, etc. And when it’s such a large city such as Boston, makes me realize size of population really isn’t a factor in feeling that sense of community if it indeed exists!
    All that to say: Happy Easter, Jennie!

  16. Dan Antion says:

    I remember the first time I saw this. I was staying downtown for a week long class. This was such a wonderful way to escape the drudgery of technical training.

  17. Even though it was written so MANY years ago, this is still one of my favourites. Happy Easter to you, Jennie. Enjoy the extra time off from school. Much as you love the kids, it’s always good to recharge your batteries.

  18. beetleypete says:

    Looks like a great book, and the statue is an ideal tribute too.
    The sun is out here for Easter! Have a lovely time, Jennie.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Jennie says:

      It’s a very good book, Pete. The bronze ducklings are very popular with old and young alike. We have some warm weather and flowers are beginning to bloom. Happy Easter to you.

  19. frenchc1955 says:

    Jennie, Happy Easter!

  20. magarisa says:

    Happy Easter, Jennie!

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  22. Happy Easter, Jennie!

  23. A wonderful book and I love the bonnets on the duck family. What fun. Happy Easter, Jennie.

  24. CarolCooks2 says:

    What beautiful bronzes, Jennie and such a lovely way to commemorate such a lovely tale 🙂 x

  25. dgkaye says:

    Happy Easter Jennie! ❤

  26. srbottch says:

    A wonderful story!

  27. sjhigbee says:

    What a lovely pic:). Thank you for sharing.

  28. Sarah says:

    Hope you had a lovely Easter, Jennie! Even though I was never in Boston I know this beautiful sculpture through photos made by another blogging friend. It always makes me smile. 😊

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