One Morning in Maine

One Morning in Maine

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by Robert McCloskey
     
 

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A Caldecott Honor Book!

Today is a specidal day for Sal because she gets to go to Buck's Harbour with her dad. But when she wakes up to brush her teeth with her baby sister, she discovers something shocking.... Her tooth is loose!

And that's just the start of a huge day!

Overview

A Caldecott Honor Book!

Today is a specidal day for Sal because she gets to go to Buck's Harbour with her dad. But when she wakes up to brush her teeth with her baby sister, she discovers something shocking.... Her tooth is loose!

And that's just the start of a huge day!

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"As we follow the story of Sal and his lost tooth we feel as refreshed as though we had spent a day with his family on their island."--Saturday Review

 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670526277
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
04/28/1952
Series:
Picture Puffin Books Series
Pages:
80
Sales rank:
99,178
Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 12.25(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
AD830L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Robert McCloskey (1914-2003) wrote and illustrated some of the most honored and enduring children's books ever published. He grew up in Hamilton, Ohio, and spent time in Boston, New York, and ultimately Maine, where he and his wife raised their two daughters. The first ever two-time Caldecott Medal winner, for Make Way for Ducklings and Time of Wonder, McCloskey was also awarded Caldecott Honors for Blueberries for Sal, One Morning in Maine, and Journey Cake, Ho! by Ruth Sawyer.  He was declared a Living Legend by the Library of Congress in 2000.  You can see some of his best-loved characters immortalized as statues in Boston's Public Garden and Lentil Park in Hamilton, Ohio.

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One Morning in Maine 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book continues the story of Sal (from Blueberries for Sal) by introducing her father and younger sister, Jane. The book was a Caldecott Honoree as one of the best illustrated children's books in 1953. Sal wakes up on a beautiful Maine morning. She realizes that 'today is the day I am going to Buck's Harbor with my father.' She is very excited. But first, she helps her little sister brush her teeth. While doing this, Sal notices that one of her front teeth felt loose. She is concerned. Her mother reassures Sal in a very nice way that this meant that Sal is becoming a big girl. Sal also learns that she could put the tooth under her pillow when it comes out and make a wish. But she should not tell anyone what the wish is, or it would not come true. She makes her wish. In the meantime, she needs to help her father dig for clams before they can take the boat to Buck's Harbor. Along the way, she sees many birds and animals and wonders about their teeth. Finally reaching her father, she helps him dig. She finds a small clam, which has to be put back. Her father tells her that clams and birds do not have teeth, but seals do. Suddenly, Sal realizes her tooth is gone. It's not in her mouth and it's not anywhere around! They look all through the mud, but have no luck. Eventually, they have to give up if they want to get to Buck's Harbor. So they head back with the clams for her mother. Sal picks up a gull's feather. Once her father and sister and she are in the boat, they discover that the engine won't run. So her father has to row. Along the way, they talk about how a new feather will grow in to replace the feather Sal has. Sal wonders if the feather has a wish still in it to be used. She helps her sister make a wish on it. When they get to town, her father discovers at the garage that the engine needs to have its spark plug replaced. So here's another thing that needs changing. At the store, they discuss the lost tooth and the kindly owner gives Sal and Jane each an ice cream cone, just what they had each wished for! Jane decides she wants another one, but Sal admonishes her. 'Remember, Jane, two ice-cream cones would ruin your appetite. When we get home we're going to have CLAM CHOWDER FOR LUNCH!' This is the best book I have ever seen for taking the potential upset out of losing a first tooth. Many children do eventually lose a tooth without being able to find it. The book wisely deals with that issue as well. Anyone can do an outstanding job of handling the tooth crisis by having read this book to her or his child in advance. The family life portrayed is very idyllic. Everyone is kind, thoughtful, and happy (even when things go wrong). For many children, this image will be a good contrast with whatever tiny domestic disturbances may occur in your household. As such, it will help any child relax before sleeping. I admired the black-and-white pencil sketches very much. They build the mood wonderfully, even more than the words do. You will feel like you are away on vacation on a small island in Maine in the summer. Now, what could be nicer? After you read this book, you should obviously share your own tooth loss experiences and let your child inspect your adult teeth. You can also add stories about animals that molt their skin and the trees that lose their leaves. Just emphasize that this is all progress. Also, ask your child what activities she or he would most like to do with you and his or her other parent. You may be surprised! Be sure to allocate more time to do these things together. See the potential for improvement in every change! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution
louisecat65 More than 1 year ago
If the review writer for Saturday Review had read the story, he/she would know that SAL is a delightful girl who helped her mother pick blueberries in BLUEBERRIES FOR SAL. Now, a little older, Sal helps her father dig for clams ONE MORNING IN MAINE. Along the way she looses her tooth and makes a wish.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book as a child in the 1950's. I liked the story, but what really captured me were the illustrations and the setting: Maine's islands, the trees, the sea, the rocky shores, boats... This book made me want to go there myself. And twenty years later, I did, and was not disappointed. (In fact, if I had found work, I would have moved to one of the small coastal villages, such was/is the beauty of the area. How's that for long-terms effect!) I can't thank Robert McClosky enough for this book and the lifelong interest and fondness it instilled in me for Maine. It remains one of my all-time favorites; I recommend it unreservedly for children and adults.
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