Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Boston: D is for Ducklings


Welcome to my third year participating in the A-Z Blogging Challenge. This year's theme is BOSTON.

Today's letter is D which will showcase the Ducklings.

Make Way for Ducklings (by Robert McCloskey) is a children's classic - although I am ashamed to admit I had not read it until I visited Boston in 2016. HOWEVER... I immediately bought a copy before returning home, and I vow to read the book to my grandchildren to make up for my literary oversight.


The book tells the story of Mrs. Mallard trying to
find the perfect home for her new babies. She
leads them through the busy streets of Boston
until she settles upon the Public Garden.

The entrance to Boston's Public Garden now commemorates
this beloved story with a hands-on statue of Mrs. Mallard
and her adorable baby ducklings.

It is heartwarming to see so many children relate to these
bronze reproductions. Art comes alive for the next generation
and a simple story becomes a treasured classic.


20 comments:

  1. I have to admit neglecting that one as well. (hanging head) I've worked in early childhood for over 25 years and will have to jot that one down now.
    Attempting a link below. Can't quite seem to get Blospot and Wordpress to get along in my attempts. lol
    Stephanie Finnell
    @randallbychance from
    Katy Trail Creations
    http://katytrailcreations.com

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    1. LOVE your quilts, Stephanie! I look forward to seeing more of your creations throughout the month :)

      I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who missed this lovely classic. I'd love to hear what you think after you read it.

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  2. I loved seeing all the people around the 'ducks' on my visit to Boston.

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    1. I probably sat on the park bench for about 45 minutes and admired the children and parents playing around this structure. So quintessential Boston :)

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  3. Molly - Didn't we meet last year during A-Z? You wrote about journaling?
    Hey, your entire alphabet challenge is about all things Boston? I used Boston for the letter B:
    https://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch/2018/04/b-is-for-boston.html

    https://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch/2018/04/d-is-for-denver.html

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    1. YES... I did focus on journaling last year :) I loved your Boston post - and look forward to seeing your other travel adventures throughout the month!

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  4. I remember the book but had somehow forgotten that it took place in Boston. The sculptures in the park are adorable.

    https://profoundjourney.com D is for Deep Play

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    1. I think I didn't know about the book because I'd never been to Boston before (and... being avid NYC fans, we tended to stay clear of anything Red Sox). However, I plan to read this book to my grandchildren and share my Boston photos of the sights that Mrs. Mallard visits.

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  5. Interesting. The bronze ones look almost real in your picture.

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  6. I love the bronze ducklings at the Boston Public Garden. Weekends In Maine

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    1. One of my favorites (besides the Swan Boats... which will be the letter "S" entry) :)

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  7. This is a children's classic that I missed, too.

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  8. Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack, and Quack!

    I love how they get dressed up for special events and holidays.

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    1. I didn't know they dressed up (or had names!) - how fabulous! Now I have to return to Boston for special events to see their costumes.

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    2. Yes, they'll dress up in sports gear whenever a Boston team is in the playoffs, Santa caps for Christmas, straw hats with flowers for Mother's Day, etc. They even wore pink hats for the Women's March. Mother's Day is also the day of the Duckling Parade where kids dress as ducks and march through the Public Garden.

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    3. Obviously I need to plan another trip to Boston in May :)

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  9. As a librarian, I love the book tie-in, but I guess that is to be expected from a blog called Book Nook!

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    1. :) Yes... I love to tie-in anything to literature (just ask my family)

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