Mr. McCloskey's Marvelous Mallards: The Making of Make Way for Ducklings

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Mr. McCloskey's Marvelous Mallards: The Making of Make Way for Ducklings

By  Emma Bland Smith , Illustrated By  Becca Stadtlander
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This behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the classic and beloved picture book Make Way for Ducklings will captivate young artists, writers, readers, and animal lovers alike.

While writing and illustrating the beloved picture book Make Way for Ducklings, Robert McCloskey brings a flock of ducklings into his tiny New York City apartment. But an artist + a bunch of ducklings in his apartment = chaos! There are ducklings in the bathtub and ducklings in the kitchen, quacking at dawn and sitting on his desk. Can he learn to draw them just right before they grow too big?
This glimpse into the creation of a much-loved story for kids is a must-read for fans of children’s books, or for anyone who is interested in the creative process and the importance of persistence.
“Emma Smith has done a bang-up job imagining how my father wrote Make Way for Ducklings. I enjoyed reading her book.” —Jane McCloskey, daughter of Robert McCloskey and author ofRobert McCloskey: A Private Life in Words and Pictures

“A wonderfully rollicking rendition of the story behind the story.” —Gary D. Schmidt, Newbery Honor-winning author of books for children and author of Robert McCloskey

Emma Bland Smith is the award-winning author of The Most Famous Wolf in the West, The Pig War, as well as other fiction and nonfiction books for children. Emma is also a librarian.

Becca Stadtlander is an illustrator and fine artist. In 2019, she won the Golden Kite Award for Picture Book Illustration for Made by Hand: A Crafts Sampler. Picture books she has illustrated include Fearless World Traveler and On the Wing. Her work is also featured in adult books, editorial publications, stationery, home decor products, and book covers.
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ISBN: 9781635923926

ISBN-10: 9781635923926

Publisher: Calkins Creek

Publication Date: 11/01/2022 - 12:00am

On Sale: 11/01/2022 - 12:00am

Pages: 40

Language: English


Juvenile Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / Literary

Juvenile Nonfiction / Art / Drawing

Juvenile Nonfiction / Books & Libraries