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Walnut School visits to learn about Make Way for Ducklings

Nov 22, 2013

Tags: elementary school may massee special collections university archives

A few weeks ago the Special Collections and Archives welcomed the third graders from Walnut Elementary School to learn about ESU's one-of-a-kind, original artwork from Robert McCloskey's Caldecott-winning book, Make Way for Ducklings (1941). The students spent a few hours at the ESU Libraries and Archives learning about the differences between libraries and speical collections, viewing the original artwork, taking a virtual trip to the book's setting via Google Earth, and playing games that drew on foreign language skills and knowledge of the book. The students had such a good time, they were kind enough to contribute to our blog:

"During our trip to ESU we had the time of our lives!  The illustrations were amazing.  We could not believe he used a pencil on most of the artwork.  When Mrs. Summey used Google Earth to show us the journey that the ducks took over Boston it made the story feel real.  We thought it was very interesting to see how hard it was to make a movie back then.  It was fun to learn that he used his daughters as ideas for his books.   The Fairy Tale room was a great place to play the games especially when we found out that a girl that went to Walnut painted the pictures on the walls.  The game where we tried to guess the languages of the books was fun.   We could not believe that ESU had May Massee’s office and that the same person who designed the President’s office designed hers.  We felt like we were in Robert McCloskey's place.  It was a variety of coolness.  Thank you ESU!

Mrs. Keck’s and Mrs. Pena’s 3rd Grade Classes"

Our response: We're glad you guys had fun, and we can't wait to welcome you back in the future!

To learn more about the Make Way for Ducklings program, the May Massee Collection, or other manuscript collections and one-of-a-kind resources the Special Collections and Archives has to offer, email us at or call us at (620) 341-5034.

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