In today’s Special Edition of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast, you’ll meet the man behind Make Way for Ducklings. Robert McCloskey was the first to win two Caldecott Awards, and his books are arguably among the most celebrated picture books of all time.
His most popular picture book wouldn’t stay on the page, either. His ducks became permanent sculptures fixed in Boston Public Garden, and even made a way for international diplomacy as part of the START Treaty between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. in 1991.
A picture book is a powerful piece of art.
In this episode, you’ll hear:
- what it was like having Robert McCloskey for a Dad
- one of the hardest parts of his life as a successful artist
- what his picture books gave the world
Think you love Make Way for Ducklings? Just wait till you meet the man who wrote them onto the page.
Use the time stamps below to skip to any part of the podcast:
|01:22||Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey|
|06:31||Let’s meet Robert McCloskey|
|11:18||Bob goes to New York|
|15:44||The fame was hard for him. So hard.|
|20:10||Jane McCloskey remembers her dad|
|21:32||Nancy Schön’s sculptures in Boston Public Garden|
|29:16||What was he like?|
|31:24||‘I just forgot to fill it in.’|
|34:27||The affirming nature of Bob’s books|
|37:27||Take a farewell look…|
Links from this episode:
- The biography about Robert McCloskey by Gary D. Schmidt
- Weston Woods video about Robert McCloskey (20 min)
- Robert McCloskey: A Private Life in Words and Pictures by Jane McCloskey
- The website of Nancy Schön, sculptor
- Make Way for Nancy, by Nancy Schön
- Ducks on Parade! edited by Nancy Schön
FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Winner of the Caldecott Medal! For fans of Blueberries for Sal, One Morning in Maine, and Make way for Ducklings."Out on the islands that poke their rocky shores above the waters of Penobscot Bay, you can watch the time of the world go by, from minute to minute, hour to hour, from day to day . . ."...More info →
FROM THE PUBLISHER:
From those famous ducklings to Homer Price's delicious donuts, generations of children have grown up delighting in the timeless stories of Robert McCloskey. Here, for the first time, all of his published works--Make Way for Ducklings, Blueberries for Sal, Lentil, Time of Wonder, One Morning in Maine, Burt Dow, Deep-Water Man, Homer Price and Centerburg Tales--are brought together.More info →
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