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|Make Way for Ducklings
1987, by Nancy Schon
In 1987, the Boston Public Garden celebrated its 150th anniversary.
Sculptor, Nancy Schon of Newton Ma, was commissioned by the Friends of the
Garden to create the sculpture. Mrs. Mallard, and her eight ducklings (Jack,
Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack Ouack, Pack and Quack) are large enough that children
can proudly sit on them. The effect of being ridden by hundreds of children
keeps the Mallard Family the City's best polished pieces of art.
Make Way for Ducklings is a Boston story. You may recall that Mr. and Mrs.
Mallard hatched their eggs on an island in the Charles River, and went in
search of a better place to raise their ducklings. After visiting several
areas of the city, Mrs. Mallard walked her children across Charles St.,
with the assistance of a police officer who stopped traffic for them. They
arrived to their new home in the Public Garden, which is now commemorated
with a childrens parade each spring.