Monday, September 7, 2009

Make Way For Ducklings

We were in Boston this weekend and what a beautiful weekend it was! The city looked sublime. Everywhere we went there were flowers and fountains and street performers and public art. Even the ice-cream trucks at the public gardens are decorated with art. One featured the artwork from Robert McCloskey's classic children's book "Make Way For Ducklings".

Even though "Make Way For Ducklings" was written in 1941, the Boston public gardens still look remarkably the same as lovingly depicted in the book. The swan boats are still there, and the little island in the pond where the Mallard family lives is still there. In 1987, The city added a perfect sculpture of Mrs. Mallard leading Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Oack, Pack, and Quack safely to their home. In 2000, after a group of school children started a petition, "Make Way for Ducklings" was named the official children's book of Massachusetts.

It's a wonderful book that stands the test of time with it's humor, love, and charm.

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