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Boston's Policeman named Michael has been there for Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack,

The Make Way For Ducklings Statue and Children  in Boston
The Make Way For Ducklings Statue and Children in Boston
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Nack, Oack, Pack and Quack since 1941. Mrs Mallard and her ducklings know him well. The Policeman provides a good sense of safety to the duck family so they live in what they have come to know as "a nice place." Ducks flap their wings from afar and then rest there, along the Charles River. That particular duck family sees Policeman Michael every day, of course, unless mother duck is at home in her nest sitting on eggs. Mr. and Mrs. Mallard, the ducks in Boston, have the great responsibility of taking care of Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Oack, and Pack, and Quack. Mrs Mallard knows "all about bringing up children," and Mr. Mallard travels some for work. The Mallards were all surely thankful one day when, "Michael came running, waving his arms and blowing his whistle"...as Mrs. Mallard and her young ducks were trying to cross a city road. Michael "planted himself in the center of the road, raised one hand to stop the traffic, and then he beckoned with the other, THE WAY POLICEMEN DO, for Mrs. Mallard to cross over." And then the story written for children by Robert McCloskey, MAKE WAY FOR DUCKLINGS, tells more about how Policemen work together to provide safety in the great City of Boston. The CALDECOTT AWARD BOOK has been read to countless children across the United States for so many years that he is an everlasting image of Policemen, the Policeman named Michael. Furthermore, he was probably from New York! MAKE WAY FOR DUCKLINGS by Robert McCloskey from PUFFIN BOOKS, A Division of Penguin Books USA Inc. New York, New York. was first published by The Viking Press 1941.