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Robert McCloskey's book “Make Way for Ducklings” is immortalized in the Public Garden at Boston Common in the famous bronze statues of Mrs. Mallard and her young'uns. The book won the Caldecott Medal when it was written in 1941 and it has remained hugely popular ever since. “Ducklings” has never gone out of print and has sold more than two million copies. It tells the story of a pair of ducks looking for a safe place to raise their family, away from the foxes and turtles that so worry Mrs. Mallard. They like everything about the Public Garden except for the lack of food – a dilemma soon solved by the people drifting by on the famed Swan Boats who tossed them peanuts and by a kindly policeman. The book hits other familiar Boston sites – such as the Charles River, Beacon Hill, and Louisville Square and the Public Garden is a great place to take the family. To illustrate the book, McCloskey used live ducklings as models and their descendants still grace the Garden today. The sculpture was done by Nancy Schon and erected in 1987. It is set in cobblestones and spans 35 feet. The kids will love memorizing the names of the much-loved ducklings: Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Oack, Pack and Quack.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|