Friday, April 22, 2016

Margo's Musings: Make Way for Ducklings

Learning to read was a real struggle. Luckily, I had some wonderful teachers who took the time to work with me. They helped me learn how to decode words and put them together to form meaningful sentences. I spent a lot of time reading simple books that rhymed, and I was so excited when I was finally able to read a "big kid book" on my own. Make Way for Ducklings was the book that made me feel like a reader. I can still remember reading it to my grandma for the first time. Boy was I proud!


Margo has discovered this treasure, and she loves when I read it to her. She adores ducks and the rhyming names of the ducklings keep her giggling.

This book was published 80 years ago, and it's the story of Mr. and Mrs. Mallard, who are searching Boston for a place to have their babies. They wind up hatching eight chicks, and Mrs. Mallard spends her time teaching them everything, while Mr. Mallard goes on a trip and agrees to meet them in the Public Garden in a week. When it's time for the family to join up, Mrs. Mallard attempts to bring her babies across a highway. Thank goodness the police step in and help the ducklings make their way. Margo shouts out all kinds of directions to the mama duck, because she knows crossing the street is very dangerous. But, she loves when the little chicks make it safe and sound.



It's nice to sit down with an old favorite and explore the illustrations of a well-loved story. This book will always hold a special place in my heart, so I'm especially glad share it with my sister. Now Margo wants to visit Boston to see the statues that go with the book!

Have you read Make Way for Ducklings? Or have you read another book by Robert McCloskey? We'd love to hear your thoughts!

Happy reading!
~F
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29 comments:

  1. Oh, those statues are adorable. Another reason to visit Boston some day! (dying to see all the historic sites there)

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    1. Leandra- I hope you get to Boston one day! So much to see! :) ~F

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  2. What a cute book!! I bet that was an accomplishment when Margo could read it on her own :)

    when we lived in Montana years ago, a mother and her 12 ducklings came to visit. When they left I saw they were heading towards the busy street so I went outside and made sure they got across safely. Thankfully cars stopped for them :)

    betty

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    1. Betty- The ducklings must have been adorable. I am glad you helped them get to safety. :) ~F

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  3. Sadly I missed out on Make Way for Ducklings, and Blueberries for Sal looks just as adorable. Those illustrations are gorgeous. Love, love that statue too. Have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Brenda- The statue is adorable and the books are lots of fun too! :) ~F

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  4. Ahhh... How sweet. I love when an old classic still keeps going strong after all this time.

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    1. Heidi- Isn't that awesome! :) ~F

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  5. I've not read this book but think I should change that. When I was a kid, I did not read. I don't know why; I just wasn't interested. Now, there's so much catching up to do.

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  6. I’ve read Make Way for Ducklings many times, and I love it still. How nice to share such a beautiful book with Margo.

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    1. Beverly- Blogger wouldn't let me comment up there. You should definitely read it!

      Barbara- So wonderful to hear you have read it many times and enjoyed it! :) ~F

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  7. I absolutely love them ducklings. I even have a glass one guarding my coffee table (currently banished to the shelf since a hen and her two kids have taken over the guard duty)

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    1. Dezmond- I love that you have a glass ducking. Awesome and quite the story with the hens. :) ~F

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  8. I haven't even heard of this one before today, but I love the charm those older books had! Most of the books I read in my younger years had that look.

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    1. Stephanie- I can't believe you haven't heard of it- but I am happy to introduce you to it. :) ~F

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  9. I never read this book... I am glad it was so helpful to teach reading... those are the best kind xox

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    1. Launna- It is a fun book! :) ~F

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  10. I think I read this book, but it was a very long time ago.

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  11. Yay, I'm actually here and actually leaving a comment. I vaguely recall this book. A wonderful, magical sharing between your good self and Margo.

    I now duck out of here...

    Gary :)

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    1. Fary- For sure on all accounts. :) ~F

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  12. "Six little ducks that I once knew. Fat ones, skinny ones, they were too, but the one little duck with the feather on his back, he led the others with a quack, quack, quack!" - That is the song that this post reminds me of. The first book I learned to read though, was "Clifford the Big Red Dog."
    Brandy from Be Kind 366

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    1. I love that you remember that song, Brandy! I started singing it right along with your post. :) ~F

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  13. So cute! It's been a long time since I've read that book.
    I was an early and avid reader, so I read anything I could get my hands on!

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    1. Beth- Glad to hear you know this one. Once I started reading I read everything I could get my hands on. :) ~F

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  14. Ah :D Lovely post sweetie. <3 This book seems so cute. Yay for reading it when you were younger :) Huh. I can't remember aaanything about learning to read, lol. My memory is a bit bad at some things :) Thank you for sharing. <3

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    1. Carina- It is a sweet book. It is funny how our memories work! ~F

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  15. It's always a prideful moment when you're a child and you can do something on your own for the first time. Especially reading! It must have meant a lot to you, seeing as you can remember that first book you read!

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    1. Olivia- Savannah- That feeling of independence and confidence is amazing! :) ~F

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