Make Way For Ducklings – Happy Easter

This is a favorite post from Easter many years ago.

Photo courtesy Universal Hub

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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57 Responses to Make Way For Ducklings – Happy Easter

  1. Ally Bean says:

    The things I learn! Happy Easter to you and… all the ducklings out there.

  2. beth says:

    I love this post , happy easter to you, Jennie!

  3. Darlene says:

    I love those bronze statues. What a wonderful tribute to a great book and an awesome author. Happy Easter to you and yours, Jennie.

    • Jennie says:

      It really is quite a wonderful tribute. The ducks are very popular. If the Bruins win the Stanley Cup this year, the ducks will be decorated in Bruins gear. Happy Easter, Darlene!

  4. Kara Aharon says:

    I have roots in Boston, we’ve read the book and been on the swan boats.

  5. Another wonderful book! Happy Easter, Jennie!

  6. willedare says:

    It is fun to walk around the Beacon Hill area and find visual references from the book still in existence. And those statues are much loved…

    • Jennie says:

      Well said, Will. It really is wonderful! When I saw the exhibit at the Eric Carle Museum, the artist who did the bronze statues had miniatures on display. Of course seeing the original art of the book was a thrill! If the Bruins win the Stanley Cup, I look forward to the ducks being duly decorated.

  7. I remember Make Way for Ducklings! And I immediately recognized the Boston ducks. Happy Easter, Jennie!

  8. Don Ostertag says:

    I remember seeing them in Boston. I laughed and laughed.
    And a Happy Oster Tag, Jennie, to you and yours

    • Jennie says:

      Yes, you were in Boston having dinner with Leonard Nimoy and his parents. I’m glad you took in the sights, especially the bronze ducks. Aren’t they wonderful? Happy Oster Tag to you, Don.

  9. Ritu says:

    Aw!! Happy Easter, Jennie 😁🤗

  10. I love the bronze duck and ducklings all dressed for Easter! How wonderful!

    • Jennie says:

      They are a tradition in Boston, revered for the book, and they take on costumes for something big. If the Bruins win the Stanley Cup, the ducks will be all decked out. 😀

  11. beetleypete says:

    I have seen many cars stop to allow ducklings to cross busy roads. It makes you realise how many people have good natures, given the chance to act kindly.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  12. Fraggle says:

    Have a lovely Easter weekend Jennie.

  13. cindy knoke says:

    Sweet. Happy Easter Jennie! 🐇🐰🥚🙏

  14. Opher says:

    I think that duck might sink though!!

  15. petespringerauthor says:

    Terrific stuff. Happy Easter to you and Steve! Ryan’s getting married in less than two months.

  16. Love those ducks! Happy Easter

  17. quiall says:

    What a wonderful idea to celebrate.

  18. Dan Antion says:

    I love those bunny, Jennie.

  19. Norah says:

    I hope you had a wonderful Easter, Jennie. What a fantastic group of duck and ducklings to honour such a wonderful book. Thank you for sharing it.

    • Jennie says:

      I had a lovely Easter. I hope you did, too. Yes, the bronze duck and ducklings are quite the popular attraction in Boston. What a wonderful tribute to a classic book. A funny story, when the author was trying to draw ducklings in his house, they moved so fast that he couldn’t get a good image. So, he gave them a little wine (maybe whiskey) to slow them down so he could draw. 😅 Best to you, Norah.

  20. I have come to realize that few children’s picture books cross the ocean. This sounds lovely, Jennie.

    • Jennie says:

      Robbie, I have come to realize the same thing. It’s sad. While we have many books on South Africa, they’re not from publishers outside of America. Wouldn’t you think a great book would be published across the oceans? Norah in Australia often posts terrific books, but they’re not available here.
      All my grumbling and agreement aside, the books that are classics and remain popular should be available worldwide. Make Way For Ducklings was published in the 1940’s, and is still popular. Yes, it is a lovely story. Thank you, Robbie.

  21. Happy Belated Easter, Jennie!!

    That is a good book!

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  23. Sorry, Jennie! I missed the whole Easter as I missed this post.I hope you had a nice celebration! xx Michael

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