Chances are that a child in Boston knows not only the names of Santa’s reindeer and Snow White’s dwarfs, but also all eight of Mr. & Mrs. Mallard’s ducklings from Robert McCloskey’s classic children’s tale, Make Way for Ducklings (originally published in 1941).
The book captures perfectly the childish thrill of crossing a busy city street (under the watchful eye of a policeman, no less!) but fails not to provide the requisite “happily ever after” ending: The ducks and ducklings still paddling after Swan Boats in the Public Garden today. Mother’s Day (May 8 this year) is “Duckling Day” in Boston, and hundreds of area children will celebrate the adventures of the Mallard family on Beacon Hill with all but a splashdown into the waters of the Public
Garden lagoon. Local iParty stores and boutiques are stocked with sunflower-yellow, duckling-themed accessories for the child in all of us, and the $25 donation per family to participate includes refreshments and a toy. On-stie registration begins at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 9th at the base of the Shaw Memorial in the Boston Common (intersection of Park and Beacon Streets); the Duckling Parade starts at noon. For more information and pre-registration online, contact the Friends of the Public Garden.
And, for the record, the ducklings are (take a deep breath): Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack, and Quack!