written and illustrated by Robert McCloskey
first published in 1941
winner of the 1942 Caldecott Medal
Instead of being a movie or novel, like we normally post reviews of on this blog, Make Way For Ducklings is a picture book. But it is such a lovely book that I couldn't help writingn my review here.
This is the story of Mr. and Mrs. Mallard, and the trouble they had finding a place to raise their ducklings. It is written in a fresh, delightful style with a slight vintage feel to it. What really makes the story come alive, however, are the brown charcoal drawings on every page. They really give you a feel for the place and the characters. Even the ducklings, who don't have much in the story individually, are given in the story different attitudes and characters. To make these beautiful differences Robert McCloskey, who was an artist, brought six little ducklings into his studio to watch them and use them as models.