Austin received the book Make Way for Ducklings for his birthday. He loves it and we have read it many times. The book is based in Boston and was published in 1941. It is precious and he loves that he knows exactly where the ducks are flying, landing, and making their home. We decided to wander through the Boston Public Gardens and talk all about the Ducklings and their home. At the end of our little tour, we stumbled upon the statues of Mrs. Mallard and the ducklings waddling into the Boston Gardens. The boys got a big kick out of sitting on the ducklings.
If you get a chance, definitely read this book to your kids. It is precious. This is what Amazon had to say about it.
It's not easy for duck parents to find a safe place to bring up their ducklings, but during a rest stop in Boston's Public Garden, Mr. and Mrs. Mallard think they just might have found the perfect spot--no foxes or turtles in sight, plenty of peanuts from pleasant passers-by, and the benevolent instincts of a kindly police officer to boot. Young readers will love the mother duck's proud, loving protection of her wee webbed ones, and those with fond memories of Boston will enjoy familiar locales, from Beacon Hill to Louisburg Square, and over the Charles River--often from a duck's-eye view. Robert McCloskey, creator of Blueberries for Sal, never fails to elicit happy story-time giggles from youngsters, and his soft, brown-toned, Caldecott-winning illustrations make this gentle world come alive.
Beloved by many generations of children, the Caldecott-winning story of Mrs. Mallard's search for a new home for her ducklings was chosen by American booksellers as one of the first inductees into the Picture Book Hall of Fame. The duckling family is immortalized in bronze statues in Boston's Public Garden, and duplicate statues can also be seen in a park in Moscow.