Friday, July 30, 2010


I’m sure there are not many people who are unfamiliar with Robert McCloskey’s Make Way For Ducklings. Written in 1941, this tremendously popular children’s book has sold over two million copies.

A few months ago, I had the most remarkable opportunity to join my daughter’s 1st grade class field trip to Boston for a “Make Way For Ducklings” Tour: A journey to retrace the steps of Mrs. Mallard and her ducklings.

We began our excursion at the Massachusetts State House where we enjoyed a lovely and educational tour inside the building. From the State House, we walked toward Louisburg Square then travelled along Mount Vernon and Charles Streets until we crossed Beacon Street to enter the Public Garden just as Mrs. Mallard and her ducklings did in the classic story.

In 1987, bronze statues of Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Ouak, Pack and Quack along with Mrs. Mallard were erected as a tribute to the author. My daughter and her classmates delighted in posing for a picture with each of them. Later, we headed to the lagoon for a ride on the Swan boats where we noticed Mrs. Mallard and a few of her ducklings perched on the very same island that is featured in the book!

I highly recommend this day trip for any family with young children visiting Boston, Massachusetts. It is a very charming way to explore this old city!

For a detailed image of the route Mrs. Mallard takes from the Charles River to the Public Garden, click on the sidebar under:
“Mrs. Mallards Route”

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