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Robert McCloskey, 88, of 'Make Way for Ducklings,' Is Dead

It must be a bad week now that Robert McCloskey's passed on too. He's always been one of my favorite authors, and between Make Way for Ducklings (which I own in both English and Spanish versions; if anyone knows of a Latin edition I'd buy it) and his wonderful Maine books (Blueberries for Sal, One Morning in Maine, Time of Wonder) I have such a hard time choosing a favorite.

My favorite duck crossing is not in Boston, though -- it's the one on Union Boulevard in Lakewood (south of 6th Ave). I'd always seen the signs on Union but had never seen the ducks until MileHiCon 1999, when I took a walk down Union and spotted the wonderful little ponds where they hang out. I highly recommend walking from 6th to Alameda along Union to anyone in the Denver area. Ducks make me happy.


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Jul. 1st, 2003 03:09 pm (UTC)
Don't forget Homer Price!
Jul. 1st, 2003 10:31 pm (UTC)
That was the book that I was trying to think of when I saw the link in the entry. I knew that I knew McCloskey from somewhere! Darned shame, but his was a long life, anyhow; and one that enriched many of us as children. Rest well, Robert.
Jul. 1st, 2003 05:00 pm (UTC)
I love ducks. My fave park, Washington Park has lots of baby ducks and geese (not solely Canadian geese either). It's an interesting place to go bird watching now- there are several different types of ducks that reside there now (including one that has what looks like a mohawk), not to mention other water fowl. Last week, we've spotted herons and pelicans. I'm not sure where they came from, but I am curious if they'll stay. Two kingfishers made Wash park their home early this spring, and I saw one brown goose get into an altercation with a fox a month ago.

Union st- Ok, I'll go visit. Thanks for the rec on that.
Jul. 2nd, 2003 04:39 am (UTC)
Oh no!

I was introduced to MWFD last summer, which I spent the whole of in Boston. What a great book. I think I've read Blueberries for Sal, too. Now I'm sad.
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