Make Way for Ducklings: Robert McCloskey

Make Way for Ducklings

Author/Illustrator: Robert McCloskey
Publisher: Viking Press
Publication Year: 1941
Brief Summary: Mr. & Mrs. Mallard try to find the perfect home for their children.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:
Randolph Caldecott Medal, 1942 Winner United States
Best Books:
Educators’ Top 100 Children’s Books, 2007 NEA Survey,
Recommended Literature: Kindergarten through Grade Twelve, 2002 California Department of Education

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library:

  • Discussion on habitat: What is a habitat?  What do you think make a good habitat for ducks and their ducklings?  What do you think they’ll need (water, food, shelter)?
  • What do you notice about the names of the 8 little ducklings?  They rhyme, and are in alphabetical order starting from J and ending in Qu.  Get 8 rubber duckies and write the ducklings’ names on each.  Have children practice putting them into alphabetical order.
  • This is a good time to review ABC order and how many things in our world is organized this way.  Older children can think about how books are organized in ABC order in the library…is it by title, or something else?
  • Younger children can practice counting.  How many ducks are in the family?  When father duck leaves, how many ducks are left?
  • The story is set in Boston in the 1940s.  How is Boston different from the town you live in?  Do you think Boston looks the same now as it did when the book is written?  What differences/similarities can you see?

Brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core/etc.

  • Text-to-world connections
  • Science — animal habitats
  • Math — counting ducks
  • Social studies — community; what kind of neighborhood is shown in the book?  How does that compare with the community you live in?

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.: some editions of this book comes with a CD
Accessed at: Personal Library


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