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make way for ducklings
November 24th, 2007 by wrekehavoc

okay, okay, preschool book review week starts in earnest with an old chestnut that i feel gets overlooked nowadays — robert mccloskey’s make way for ducklings. it isn’t hip. it isn’t trendy. it isn’t cool.

but boy, is it a great, great book for preschoolers.

the story is one that most little kids can comprehend — duck parents are looking for a good place to raise a family. they finally find one. the dad has to go away. the mom teaches the kids and takes them on a tumultuous walk. dad comes home. everyone quacks happily ever after.

i cannot pick up this book without a few things happening.

1) i imitate an irish policeman whenever i read the voices of the cops in the book. (for you bugs bunny fans out there: “hey clancy, let’s take the boys and surrrrround the house!”)

2) i dissolve into laughter, along with my kids, whenever i have to read the ducklings’ names (lack, mack, quack, pack, oh, who the hell knows them all, i just know they rhyme). and:

3) we end up reading it twice in a row. at least.

the brown-tone drawings are absolutely stunning, earning this bad boy a caldecott. no, they just don’t write them like this anymore.

admittedly, i am a mom who enjoys the hip books; but i must confess that, in the same way i am beginning to rediscover the old, corny Disney movies (hayley mills, anyone?) and enjoying them, i am discovering older storybooks from my childhood, wistfully remembering how it took me longer to wise up and become the cynical chick i am today.

maybe if we read more mccloskey books, my kids will stay younger longer.

Make Way for Ducklings


6 Responses  
  • cynematic writes:
    November 25th, 2007 at 7:46 pm

    pishposh, old and corny merely become “old school” and “classic.”

    man, the disney movies they USED to make…FLUBBER, anyone? BED KNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS? the original LiLo/lolita-free PARENT TRAP?

  • wrekehavoc writes:
    November 25th, 2007 at 9:22 pm

    i have to tell you, we watched the old hayley mills parent trap — and BC LOVED it. (the 1980s sequel is incredibly awful, i would tell you — like a horrible “facts of life” episode extended.) although nothing can compare somehow to her favorite alky heroine, lindsay lohan, in her eyes. la lohan actually is fun to watch, and i hope she overcomes her personal issues. but disney has gone around a bend in a certain way and has some incredibly oversexualized material these days.

    i suspect walt in spinning in his grave. or his freezer, i suppose.

  • Alto2 writes:
    November 26th, 2007 at 12:25 am

    I ::heart:: Make Way For Ducklings. Wild Thing loved it even more after we took a trip to Boston and visited the Public Garden where the story took place.

  • Todd O. writes:
    November 26th, 2007 at 8:28 am

    I’m “still in love with Hayley Mills”. i never thought much about her until i was an adult. the kid in me that wanted to stay young fell in love with Hayley at age 20 or so. i started renting all of her movies. aside from Disney she did a few really cool ones…like Whistle Down The Wind and A Matter Of Innocence.

  • notdancingqueen writes:
    November 28th, 2007 at 10:04 pm

    Love love love this book. A loves to say all the duckie names out loud. K likes to have A read this to her. We talk about how Auntie Heather lives in Boston, too. 🙂

  • Phil Goldwasser writes:
    December 20th, 2007 at 10:18 am

    My kids loved this one.


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