Make Way for Ducklings

Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey cover, illustration of mother duck and ducklings

Make Way for Ducklings

Written by Robert McCloskey

New York, Viking, 1941

9.5" x 12.5"

Kerlan Collection, Children's Literature Research Collections

University of Minnesota Libraries

Based on a true story, the quintessential picture book about Boston was created in the Greenwich Village studio that Robert McCloskey shared with another future Caldecott Medal winner, Marc Simont. McCloskey's training as a muralist is evident in this sweeping panorama in the Caldecott galloping-horseman tradition. A stickler about naturalistic detail, McCloskey kept live ducklings in his studio bathtub for months as he sketched their movements and anatomy.

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