"Immortalizing a homegrown story" Public Garden Tip by Tijavi

Public Garden, Boston: 55 reviews and 134 photos

  Mrs Mallard with her brood of 8 ducklings
by Tijavi
  • Mrs Mallard with her brood of 8 ducklings - Boston
      Mrs Mallard with her brood of 8 ducklings
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  • On their way to the lake - Boston
      On their way to the lake
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Not to be missed at the Public Garden is the sculpture of a duck family by Nancy Schon - a mother duck and her brood of eight ducklings. The sculpture is inspired by the homegrown children's 1940s picture book Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey. The story's main plot revolves around two Mallard ducks - Mr and Mrs Mallard - who decided to raise a family at the lake in Boston's Public Garden (from an island on the Charles River). The book continues to be printed to this day, with over two million copies sold as of 2003. It has put Boston in the minds of children (and their parents) throughout the world - in way the Kennedy's perhaps couldn't.

Perhaps because of the cute plot and perhaps as a grateful gesture for introducing Boston to children around the world, the city has completely embraced the ducks which had become a sort of cultural icon in posters and billboards.

Directions: On Boylston between Arlington and Charles Street
Phone: 617-635-4505
Website: http://www.friendsofthepublicgarden.org/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 6, 2010
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