I was in Boston yesterday and, while browsing in the "Bostonian Society Museum Shop," found (or more aptly, re-discovered) Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey. I LOVE this book. The book was originally published in 1941 and is about the ducks living on the Boston Common. It's a sweet story, with fabulous drawings by the author (all in brown pencil - no bright, multi-colored pictures). The drawings have a very old-fashioned feel - check out the cars in the pictures! - which I really got a kick out of. The story itself is timeless. So, if you've never read the book, or haven't seen it in a long time, check it out. Oh, and if you go to Amazon to purchase, be careful about buying used copies. Because the book is so old, used copies apparently can be old, creaky, smelly, etc. The copy I bought is brand new.
How come I get free books sent to me all the time and yet I still love to go into a book store and grab (um, not literally, I do pay for them!) a few books? I'm like a kid in a candy store. Anyway, I found this one today. It'll take you five minutes to read, ten if you go slowly. But the pictures are priceless. There's a cat and puppy version too. Look for all three. These are perfect, inexpensive stocking stuffers. If you love dogs, you're gonna fall in love with the cute canines in this book!