Time of Wonder
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Time of Wonder

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by Robert McCloskey

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The spell of rain, gulls, a foggy morning, the excitement of sailing, the quiet of the night, the sudden terror of a hurricane, and the peace of a Maine island as a family packs up to leave are shown in poetic language and vibrant, evocative pictures.  See more details below


The spell of rain, gulls, a foggy morning, the excitement of sailing, the quiet of the night, the sudden terror of a hurricane, and the peace of a Maine island as a family packs up to leave are shown in poetic language and vibrant, evocative pictures.

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Penguin Young Readers Group
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Picture Puffin Books Series
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8.13(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.25(d)
940L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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Time of Wonder 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Gardenseed More than 1 year ago
I used to read this book to groups of children when I was a children's librarian in New York City. It is a quiet story that captures the feeling of being alone on a beach in the summer sun, as well as the excitement of experiencing a hurricane that blows in the front door of the house. At night,  in the beam of a flashlight, a crab  can be seen looking up from the floor of the sea. Stars shine down and "one pair of eyes watches over all."   This read-aloud favorite held the attention of all school-age children.
Doris4sons More than 1 year ago
Robert McCloskey's book, "Time of Wonder" as well as another favorite of his "Make Way for Ducklings" are both beautiful Caldecott Medal award winning books. There are seventy-five Caldecott Medal picture books for children and I have purchased twenty-nine of them so far for my first grandchild who is now five months old. I now have Christmas presents for three years and plan on keeping her filled with good quality books and later getting many of the Newbury Medal Award winning books for older school children. But getting back to "Time of Wonder" - it is an imaginative book for children and a delight for parent and child interaction. Doris C.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Robert McCloskey was born in Ohio. He was married during World War II, and he had two children. Robert received the Caldecott Award in 1958 for Time of Wonder. This book was also turned into an audiobook by Tracy Lord. Time of Wonder tells a story about a family who spends their summer on a Maine island over looking Penobscot Bay. They endure rain, experience seeing new ferns grow, sailing the boat, swimming, a hurricane, and after the summer ends they have to leave the island and return home. The story ends by saying ¿Take a farewell look at the waves and sky. Take a farewell sniff of the salty sea. A little bit sad about the place you are leaving, a little big glad about the place you are going. It is a time of quiet wonder¿for wondering, for instance: Where do hummingbirds go in a hurricane?¿ The reading of the book is fourth grade, fifth month. I loved this book because it shared with the reader about a family¿s summer vacation. The children are off from school, so they take the summer to their cottage. The illustrations are beautiful I cannot express how much they impact the story. The pictures are colorful, and are very vibrant. I would highly recommend people should read this book. McCloskey, Robert. Time of Wonder. New York: Viking Penguin, 1957.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Time of Wonder is a very visual book telling of storms on the sea. Through this book, a child is able to visualize what if would be like when a freak hurricane came upon a small boat on a very peaceful day. This story helps in developing a child's imagination through all of the descriptive details the author gives. This is a tale of two children and how they survive on the sea when a storms comes from out of no where and how serene it is afterwards.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Time of Wonder' is a wondrous summer spent in Maine. He follows two sisters ( their parents and friends) as they spend their days sailing, swimming, battening down for a big storm, and so on. Nothing of great import happens, but McCloskey has a lovely, calming way of relating their story so that we feel the sisters' closeness, their connection to their environment, and their childlike ability to find beauty and interest in nearly everything. McCloskey's book was first published in 1957, and the illustrations show this--no life vests in a lot of the boating pictures, children swimming without being watched over by a lifeguard or adult, and so on. Still, that's not a bad thing--it shows the protective, exclusionary nature of childhood and the risks children take without even being fully aware that they ARE taking risks. The illustrations are lovely. These paintings depict Maine as being beautiful without neglecting to show the dangerous side of coastal life as well. The story received a Caldecott Medal in 1958. It was written for preschool and kindergarten.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Caldecott It is about a wondrous summer spent in Maine. Two children spend their days sailing, swimming, battening down for a big storm, and so on. This book is very descriptive an example if this was ¿The wind whips the water into sharp, choppy waves¿ and they are descriptions like though out this book. Robert McCloskey was born in Hamilton, Ohio. He came to Boston after winning a scholarship to the Vesper George Art School in Boston in 1932. During World War II, he married Margaret Durand, daughter of children's author Ruth Sawyer. They had two daughters and settled in New York City, spending summers on Scott Island, Maine. Bibliography McCloskey, Robert. Time of Wonder. New York: Puffin Books, 1957.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Time of Wonder is Robert McCloskey's lyrical tribute to the joys of being young in the summertime. The setting is his beloved Maine coast, on Penobscot Bay. The story builds around the approach of the rain, the cycle of the summer, the transition from morning to dark in a single day, and a hurricane. As wonderful as the story is, the illustrations are the highlight of this delightful book. They capture stunning panoramas, wind-swept moments, and gay times in the sun equally well in free flowing watercolors that are as fluid as the wind or the ocean. This book was awarded the Caldecott Medal for the outstanding quality of its illustrations in 1958. Two unnamed girls are overlooking Penobscot Bay, watching the rain form in the distance . . . until they themselves are drenched! Next, a full day evolves from the typical summer fog with sidelights about porpoises, lobstering, gulls, cormorants, the forest and its trees and fiddle-head ferns. Finally, the fog burns off and the scene shifts to bees, hummingbirds, other birds singing, sail boats, fishing boats, seals, the beach, rocks and children playing. Then, as dusk settles in, an owl, a heron, eider ducks, fishhawks, a crab, a rowboat, a flashlight and the stars frame the experience. At each moment, nature holds great adventures and mysteries for the girls to explore and exult in. A seaplane symbolizes the coming and going from the area. The bulk of the people and animals are summer visitors. Suddenly, everyone realizes a big storm is coming. 'We're going to have some weather. It's a-coming! She's gonna blow. With the next shift of the tide.' There are boats to get ready. Windows need to be secured. People have to go inside. Once there, the rain and wind can still blow their way in. Eventually, the storm ends and the full moon reigns. The next day, the girls inspect the damage and find an old Indian shell heap that probably predates the first European visitors. Then the girls have to help prepare for the next year. They get seaweed to put on as fertilizer for their garden. They pack up. As they leave, they are 'A little bit sad about the place you are leaving, a little bit glad about the place your are going.' One last thought hits them. 'Where do hummingbirds go in a hurricane?' This story does a marvelous job of helping children understand their connection to nature and to the powerful forces around them. Whether they are watching the wind, using it to push their sailboat, or riding out a hurricane, they know that they are a small part of a great scheme. If your child has yet to see many of these animals or scenes, you can use the illustrations to explain them. You will smile when you see the porpoises playing in the wake of the girls' sailboat. A good application of this book is to think of a place where you and your child can go on a regular basis to observe and enjoy nature. It may be a near-by park. It may be a family vacation home. It may be a public beach. Take your child there. Take her by the hand, and show her the easy-to-miss wonders all around. And remember to visit in the fog, rain, and winds, as well as on sunny days. You can take pictures, draw sketches of what you see, and make a scrapbook that contains your thoughts and observations. See beauty and harmony in the balance around you. Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution