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Cute duck family walking in the green park.

«Make Way for Ducklings»

In a square near the Novodevichy monastery stands sculpture composition — eight little duck goes in a raw after their mother — that illustrates a part of popular in America tale “Make Way for Ducklings” by Robert McCloskey. This composition was created by architect, sculptor and instaurator Nancy Schon.
The first opening took place in 1991 when Barbara Bush gave a duplicate of this sculpture to Raisa Maksimovna Gorbacheva. It is an exact copy of a sculpture in Central Park of Boston.

A plot was taken from an old tale written for little kids by Robert McCloskey many years ago. Since that time many generations of children adore this story. This book tales about mother suck who is looking for a safe place for whole her family. On their way mother duck and her little ducklings meet different people. Someone gives them peanuts, policemen stop traffic to let them cross the road safely.

Monument «Make Way for Ducklings» appeared in Moscow in as a token of friendship between USA and USSR.
Unfortunately, very soon this monument became a victim of vandals. During first weeks after its installation one of the ducklings was kidnapped. In February, 2000 disappeared mother duck and two more ducklings. Bun in autumn 2000 sculpture was renovated. Now the whole family is together again: mother duck Mallard and ducklings: Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack, and Quack.

Lora Bush visited Moscow in 2002 and went to Russian State Library of children literature where she read “Make Way for Ducklings” to present children.

Until our days these book has not been professionally translated into Russian and published.

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