Whether climbing to the top of a building or going on a balloon ride, the view is always better from up in the sky and you get to avoid the traffic! Mr. and Mrs. Mallard were looking for a place to live, “but every time Mr. Mallard saw what looked like a nice place, Mrs. Mallard said it was no good.” After a long and fruitless search, the ducks decide to spend the night on an island in the Boston Public Garden, unfortunately, there wasn’t much for breakfast. They had better luck after they encounter the swan boats, who were very rude, but the people on the boats threw peanuts….
The park was looking promising, at least until they have a run in with a bicycle! So the Mallards go back to touring Boston. Over Beacon Hill, round the State House, with a stop at Louisburg Square, Mrs. Mallard can’t find anywhere she wants to raise her family until they come across an island in the Charles River. While a bird’s eye view of the river may be more challenging, one way to see the river is through a boat tour or simply through a walk along the esplanade.
Of course, the Mallards want to introduce ducklings Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack and Quack to the joys of the Public Garden, but the ducklings can’t fly yet, so Mrs. Mallard decides to walk with her family through town. Their first obstacle is crossing a busy highway. As horns honk, Mrs. Mallard Quaaacks back, making so much noise, that the police come running. With the help of the police, the ducks tour the city, crossing the highway, walking down Mount Vernon street, through Beacon Hill, and into the Public Gardens where they decided to live happily ever after, eating peanuts thrown from the swan boats. Every year there’s a duckling day parade every year on Mother’s Day. Even if you’re not in Boston on Mother’s Day, you can still visit Mrs. Mallard, Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack and Quack waddling their way through the gardens. Make Way for Ducklings is an enjoyable classic, perfect for reading aloud as you’re planning your trip to Boston.