Make Way for Ducklings

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Real Life Inspiration!

Author of Make Way for Ducklings, Robert McCloskey, was inspired by the Boston Public Gardens and lagoon, which is why the book is set in Boston, although he resided in Manhattan.

Book & Statue by the Same Name

The Make Way for Ducklings statues in the Boston Public Garden was inspired by the 1941 book of the same name.

An Official Compromise

Make Way for Ducklings is the official children’s book of Massachusetts, but Dr. Seuss is the Commonwealth’s official author.

Statue Dedication

The statue was dedicated in 1987 for making the Boston Public Garden familiar to children throughout the world.