Summer Escapes: Stick Around
Make Way for Ducklings
As the delightful children’s book on which they’re based turns 75 this year, we look back at how the duck statues became one of our most popular tourist attractions.
1941 Make Way for Ducklings, written by Robert McCloskey, is first published.
1942 The book wins the Caldecott Medal.
1978 The city of Boston begins hosting a Duckling Day Parade.
1987 The Nancy Shön–designed statues are installed on the Common.
1987 Quack is stolen; Mack is stolen a year later.
1992 Quack is taken again from the Common—resulting in the “Bring Quack Back” campaign. (He is never found.) Jack is stolen in 1999 and eventually found in the Boston College library.
2006 Make Way for Ducklings is named the official children’s book of Massachusetts.
2011 The Mallard family celebrates its 75th anniversary.
The Freedom Trail Pub Crawl