On today in 1914, children’s author and illustrator Robert McCloskey, whose books contain such classics as “Make Way for Ducklings” and “Blueberries for Sal,” exists in Hamilton, Ohio.
McCloskey, who studied art in Boston and New York in the 1930s, published his 1st children’s book, “Lentil,” in regards to a small-town boy who learns to play the harmonica, in 1940. His subsequent book, “Make Way for Ducklings,” released in 1941, may be the story of a family group members of ducklings (Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack and Quack) who waddle after their mother via the streets of Boston right before generating a permanent residence in the city’s Public Garden. Explaining his inspiration for the story, McCloskey told The New York Times: ”I had first noticed the ducks when walking through the Boston Public Garden each and every morning on my solution to art college. When I returned to Boston four years later, The visitors were noticed by me issue of the ducks and heard a few stories about them. ( ***********************************) book just type of developed there.” In preparation for the book, McCloskey bought some reside ducks to review and sketch. In 1942, “Make Way for Ducklings” won a Caldecott Medal, among the best honors for American children’s books. In 1987, a bronze sculpture of Mrs. Mallard and her eight ducklings was installed in the Boston Public Garden.
In 1943, McCloskey published “Homer Price,” concerning the adventures of a boy in modest-town Ohio. “Centerburg Tales: More Adventures of Homer Price” followed in 1951. McCloskey’s other books, every occur Maine, wherever he lived along with his wife and daughters for a whole large amount of his life, incorporate: “Blueberries for Sal” (1948), in regards to a girl and a bear cub and their mothers trying to find berries “One Morning in Maine” (1952), in regards to a litttle lady who loses her 1st tooth Caldecott Medal-winner “Time of wonder” (1957), about kids spending their summer trip on an island off the coast of Maine and “Burt Dow: Deep-Water Man” (1963) in regards to a fisherman who finds shelter from the storm in a whale’s belly.
In addition to the eight books he wrote and illustrated, McCloskey illustrated 10 children’s books penned by other authors. He died on June 30, 2003, at age 88 in Deer Isle, Maine.