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Mr. McCloskey's marvelous mallards : the making of Make way for ducklings  Cover Image Book Book

Mr. McCloskey's marvelous mallards : the making of Make way for ducklings / Emma Bland Smith ; illustrated by Becca Stadtlander.

Smith, Emma Bland, (author.). Stadtlander, Becca, (illustrator.).


"As soon as artist Robert McCloskey saw the ducks in Boston Public Garden, he knew he had to write about them. But how? Studying stuffed birds didn't help... As the ducklings grew, he got down on his hands and knees and followed them with pad and pencil. At times he even acted like a duck! Through revision, after revision, Robert improved the art and story, until he and his editor were finally satisfied."-- Adapted from front jacket flap.

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  • ISBN: 9781635923926
  • ISBN: 1635923921
  • Physical Description: 40 unnumbered pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: Honesdale : Calkins Creek, 2022.

Content descriptions

Target Audience Note:
Ages 7-10.
610L Lexile
Decoding demand: 85 (very high) Semantic demand: 94 (very high) Syntactic demand: 86 (very high) Structure demand: 87 (very high) Lexile
Subject: McCloskey, Robert, 1914-2003. Make way for ducklings > Juvenile literature.
Authors > Juvenile literature.
Authors, American > 20th century > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Illustration of books > Juvenile literature.
Illustrators > United States > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Ducks > Juvenile literature.
Genre: Creative nonfiction.
Children's stories.

Available copies

  • 5 of 7 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Carthage Public.


  • 0 current holds with 7 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Carthage Public Library PB McCloskey, Robert (Text) 34MO2001811866 Primary Biography Available -

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