Make way for ducklings!

Americans of a certain age should recognize the subject of this sculpture, one of Boston’s premier attractions for children. Click screenshot for answer.



  1. Dermot C
    Posted June 6, 2016 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

    What a bostin’ Teal party!

    • Torbjörn Larsson
      Posted June 6, 2016 at 7:59 pm | Permalink


      You should have to duck for that…

      • Dermot C
        Posted June 6, 2016 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

        Big respect for your pun in a foreign language, TL.

        On the subject of Scandinavian anecdotes.

        England vs Denmark, some footy competition. Scottish ex-centre-back-and–man-who-thinks-he-knows-everything, Alan Hansen said, “Ye gotta bet on England versus Denmark.” Danish ex-goalie Peter Schmeichel responded, “Mebbe, but aren’t you supporting Denmark?” Hansen replied, “Why would I do that?” Schmeichel pointed out the obvious on national British telly: “Because you have a Danish name.”

        By his reaction, you could tell that the thought had never occurred to the 40 year-old Hansen.

        • Peter Lund
          Posted June 7, 2016 at 12:44 am | Permalink

          Meanwhile, Schmeichel is half-Polish and has a German last name 🙂

  2. Posted June 6, 2016 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

    Being a Boston boy it was one of my favorite books, and the statue a favorite attraction of my daughter, who was born one year prior to its installaation.

  3. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted June 6, 2016 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

    I spent a charming summer vacation in Maine on Little Deer Isle, with Robert McCloskey’s private island (Scott Island) visible about a third of a mile across the water from our cabin window. McCloskey was a known fixture in the area.

    (Scott Island, Maine is weirdly listed in Google Maps as Scott IslandS which is correct for a group of islands in Canada but wrong for Penobscot Bay.)

    Nature photographer Eliot Porter owned a different island in Penobscot Bay further away.

  4. Posted June 6, 2016 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

    There is a similar one in a park in Moscow, given by Barbara Bush.

  5. harrync
    Posted June 6, 2016 at 10:59 pm | Permalink

    It’s at the top of every Mike The Mad Biologist online post, so I see a photo of it almost every day when I check him out. And many years ago I worked in downtown Boston, so yes, I’ve seen the actual thing too.

  6. Posted June 7, 2016 at 4:26 am | Permalink

    One of the fun books I stumbled upon as a child. Policeman Michael, sharing my name, and the artwork fascinated me.

    Great bit of Americana.


  7. Hempenstein
    Posted June 7, 2016 at 7:38 am | Permalink

    ’41 Packard @ 7:17

  8. Todd from Kentucky
    Posted June 7, 2016 at 11:01 am | Permalink

    Make Way for Ducklings is the official children’s book of Massachusetts. I found that out when Tennesse tried to adopt the bible as the State Boo of Tennessee.

    • Posted June 7, 2016 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

      Todd, you made a spelling error there. They tried to make it the State Poo of Tennessee as I recall. Although my memory may be failing me…..

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