Although I'm not entirely sure how this is possible, it would seem that I have neglected, up until now, to talk with you about Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McClosky. Perhaps this is because I think of this book as a standard of childhood literature in a way that leaves me with the assumption that everyone, everywhere has already read and loved it and that no one needs to hear about it from me. But then, every once in a while, I do talk with someone who doesn't know it, and then I feel like I've failed in my duty to inform the world of how very good it is.
Make Way for Ducklings is the story of Mr. and Mrs. Mallard and their humorous attempts to find a good place to hatch some ducklings. Set in Boston in the early 1940's, the book shows many of the landmarks that make Boston famous, a fun connection if you ever have a chance to visit there with your children. It is difficult to say just what it is that makes this such a superb picture book, but I think that the very fact of its being published seventy years ago and still being a staple of library collections everywhere says more than I can. This book is an endearing classic. Children of various ages and dispositions seem to find it universally funny, entertaining and enjoyable. And the adults reading it to them seem to feel this way too.
At this point I will just be honest with you and say that this was going to be a longer and lovelier review. However, down the hallway there is a six year old who absolutely refuses to fall asleep (despite being very, very tired), and I think my attention to the situation may be needed. Goodnight, all.