Friday, March 11, 2016

[BOOK REVIEW] Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

Title:  Make Way for Ducklings

Author:  Robert McCloskey

Genre:  Animals / Family / Traveling

Year Published: 1941

Year Read:  2010

Publisher:   Viking Juvenile    

Source:  Library

Content Rating:  Ages 5+ (Nothing Objectionable)

“Make Way for Ducklings” is a Caldecott Medal award-winning book by Robert McCloskey and it is about how a family of ducks tries to live in the city of Boston. “Make Way for Ducklings” is a brilliant classic book that children will read over and over again.

Robert McCloskey has done a superb job at both illustrating and writing this book. Robert McCloskey makes this book extremely cute as it is simply about a family of ducks trying to adjust to life in the city. Both children and parents can easily relate to the duck family as they try to find a suitable place to live and parents and children can relate to their own experiences about moving to a new place to live and trying to adjust to the different settings of their new home. Also, Robert McCloskey brilliantly defines the true meaning of friendship in this book as Michael, the policeman, tries his best to help out the ducklings get settled in their new home and some families do have a best friend in their lives whenever they are trying to settle into a new home and someone comes and tries to help them get adjusted into their new environment. Robert McCloskey’s illustrations are extremely beautiful as he makes the ducks and ducklings look realistic and beautiful and the images are mainly in black and white colors, indicating the old fashioned feel of this book.

“Make Way for Ducklings” is a fantastic book about the trials of moving to a new place that many children and parents can easily relate to and will be a family favorite for many years. I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since the length of this book might bore smaller children.

* 1942 Caldecott Medal
* 2009 Indies Choice Book Award for Picture Book Hall of Fame

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