A beautiful and fascinating picture book biography that follows the lives of Robert McCloskey, creator of Make Way for Ducklings, and sculptor Nancy Schön, whose famous bronze ducks grace Boston Public Garden.
In the beginning, there was a boy named Robert McCloskey, growing up in Ohio, his hands always moving, always creating. Many years later, after attending art school in Boston, he would reflect on his days wandering through Boston Garden and write the classic picture book Make Way for Ducklings.
In the beginning, there was also a girl named Nancy Schön. She grew up in Newton, Massachusetts, working in her father's greenhouse, twisting wire and boughs into wreaths. Many years later, Nancy would look at Robert's drawings in Make Way for Ducklings and get the seed of an idea. That seed became the beloved bronze sculptures of Mrs. Mallard and her eight ducklings that stand in Boston Garden today.
This stunning and clever picture book biography intertwines the lives of two phenomenal artists--who were contemporaries and friends--and reveals the extraordinary impact they've had on generations of children.
Angela Burke Kunkel is the author of Digging for Words, an ALA Notable Book and Kirkus Best Book of the Year. It also received the Americas Award and the International Latino Book Award for best English language title. She is also the author of Penguin Journey, called "stunning" in a starred review from Kirkus Reviews.
Claire Keane is the author-illustrator of Little Big Girl and Once Upon a Cloud and the illustrator of Paolo, Emperor of Rome by Mac Barnett and Why? by Adam Rex, among others. She is also known for her development art for the movies Tangled and Frozen. She studied at École Supérieure d'Arts Graphiques in Paris and now lives in Venice Beach, California with her kids.
“Ms. Keane’s retro pictures here have wonderful color and ebullience, bringing liveliness even to static scenes (of quiet thought, of patient studio work) and acting as a visual reminder of the exciting potentialities of invention
.” –The Wall Street Journal
★ “A wonderful picture book about creativity and collaboration
.” —Kirkus Reviews
, starred review
★ "Burke Kunkel renders a genuinely suspenseful and touching account
of Schön delicately approaching McCloskey with the idea of memorializing his book’s characters." —Publishers Weekly
, starred review
, full-page illustrations rendered in a vintage style are perfect for the period they depict." —Booklist
"[Keane's] loose lines and energetic
compositions are a good match for the conversational text." —The Horn Book
"A visually appealing
and well-researched addition to biographical narratives." —School Library Journal