Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Book Review of Make Way for Ducklings

Make Way For Ducklings

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.

This little book is a classic. Mum read it out loud to me when I was little and I love it even more now. The wonderful thing about it is that it can be enjoyed by people of all ages.


  1. I have read that book several times during my childhood. In fact, I hope we still have it around here somewhere so I can keep it for years to come. You are completely correct in saying it's a classic!

  2. I agree, it is a classic! I loved a lot of Mr. McCloskey's books when I was younger, until they literally fell apart. ;-)

    Great review!

    ~Hannah Grace

  3. Very good choice for a book to review! I am rediscovering vintage children's books, and I love them so much more than what you can find today!

    Thanks for your review!