In today's Special Edition of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast, you'll meet the man behind Make Way for Ducklings. Robert McCloskey was the first to win two Caldecott Awards, and his books are arguably among the most celebrated picture books of all time.
His most popular picture book wouldn't stay on the page, either. His ducks became permanent sculptures fixed in Boston Public Garden, and even made a way for international diplomacy as part of the START Treaty between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. in 1991.
A picture book is a powerful piece of art.
In this episode, you'll hear:
* what it was like having Robert McCloskey for a Dad * one of the hardest parts of his life as a successful artist* what his picture books gave the world
Think you love Make Way for Ducklings? Just wait till you meet the man who wrote them onto the page.
A tribute to Robert McCloskeySarah's daughter, Allison, paying a visit to the ducks in Boston Public Garden, June 2021Sarah with the ducklings, June 2021Sarah and daughter, Allison, with sculptor Nancy Schön, June 2021
Use the time stamps below to skip to any part of the podcast:
01:22Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey06:31Let's meet Robert McCloskey11:18Bob goes to New York15:44The fame was hard for him. So hard.20:10Jane McCloskey remembers her dad21:32Nancy Schön's sculptures in Boston Public Garden29:16What was he like?31:24'I just forgot to fill it in.'34:27 The affirming nature of Bob's books37:27Take a farewell look...
Links from this episode:
* The biography about Robert McCloskey by Gary D. Schmidt* Weston Woods video about Robert McCloskey (20 min)* Robert McCloskey: A Private Life in Words and Pictures by Jane McCloskey* The website of Nancy Schön, sculptor* Make Way for Nancy, by Nancy Schön* Ducks on Parade! edited by Nancy Schön
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