Say Hello to Ack, the Nantucket Duckling

On the island of Nantucket lives a little duckling with a big problem. Ack is afraid to march in the annual Duckling Parade. Will he be laughed at because his beak is so different?  Or will he find a way to avoid the Parade before it's too late? Ack: The Nantucket Duckling is a celebration of unconditional love and self acceptance. You’ll be inspired as Ack learns to stop hiding his differences and embraces his uniqueness.

"A sweet tale with strong morals about appreciating differences."

Kirkus Reviews

What People are Saying about Ack
"Ack! The Nantucket Duckling has an important message for parents to share with their children, with each page beautifully illustrated with artwork of Nantucket by Jacqueline East. For anyone who has stopped for the ducks as they cross the road on Nantucket Island, this book is for you."
— Nantucket Magazine
My children loved the story of Ack the Nantucket duckling, and learned a valuable lesson - we should be proud of our differences. With its captivating illustrations and engaging plot, this book will certainly be read repeatedly.
— Beth in Sterling, VA
It's a wonderful book, but more importantly it contains a really positive message that I want to pass on to my grandchildren.
— Rose in Boston, MA

The Real Story of the Nantucket Duckling Parade

The real story of the Nantucket ducklings began with Paul McCarthy, a Nantucket native and master woodcarver whose work is visible today in signs and other work throughout the island.  Mr. McCarthy lived on the island and had his workshop on Orange Street, close by a tidal marsh, fed by freshwater springs, which was home to a large duck population.  The ducks would march across the street to visit Mr. McCarthy, who welcomed them into his yard and fed them.  At times, hundreds of ducks would visit Mr. McCarthy.  The part of the street where the ducks crossed was marked with a sign – “Duck Crossing” – and it became an island landmark. Over 25 years, Mr. McCarthy got to know each and every beak– Scruffy, Clammy, Alice, Ralph, Likes to Walk, Peg Leg, and many more.  Today, while Mr. McCarthy has moved off island, the sign remains.  And if you’re lucky enough to be there at the right time, you might even see the annual Duckling Parade.

Nanducket is the publisher and official home of Ack! The Nantucket Duckling

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