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5.0 out of 5 starsA Timeless Story by a Terrific Author
Reviewed in the United States on July 17, 2019
Robert McCloskey did some great books -- writing and illustrating them. But "One Morning in Maine" is one of our family favorites. Based on a true time when McCloskey and his family lived on Scott Island, off the coast of Maine. Their family truly lived on an island, dug for clams, rode in a small boat to the mainland and back again, and lived through all the homey things this charming family in the book. The book is drawn in a "friendly" way, with no scary characters; only the assurance of loving parents and friendly neighbors who help in time of need. Its a timeless story that children need in this day of fear and uncertainty.
5.0 out of 5 starsThis is a family favorite, and we bought this copy for a birthday ...
Reviewed in the United States on July 23, 2017
This is a family favorite, and we bought this copy for a birthday gift for a five year old. Fan of Blueberries for Sal will delight in another Sal adventure (and she is accompanied by her younger sister Jane in this companion book). Sal wakes up and discovers she has her first loose tooth, and then loses it while digging for clams with her dad. The simple line drawings are lovely, and the language and imagery in this book are so rich. This book has such a rich depiction of life in coastal Maine that it always leaves me craving clam chowder! This is a classic and shouldn't be missed, but is especially perfect for children experiencing a first loose tooth or a family trip to Maine. I would recommend this for ages 4-7.
There is no better children's book author than Robert McCloskey, and this is my favorite of this books. He is a champion artist. He understands children and weaves life with humor. The idyllic Maine island is the setting many of us long for, and this book at least brings it into our homes. Old fashioned life is glorified here, but not beyond what is realistic. The only critique of this book is the quality of the binding. Perhaps we have read it too many times, lol; but it is sadly falling apart! We have had two versions now, one softcover and one hard; both are falling apart. Aw well, it is well loved and bindings aren't now what they once were. But literature is alive and well.
I read these stories in my youth and took the up for my children as well, My seven and six year old son and daughter, love these stories. McCloskey was an award winning writer of many other fine children's books: Make way for Ducklings, Blueberries for Sal, Homer Price, Centerburg Tales and Time of Wonder. Check them out with your little ones. They are worth it. I was glad to still see these in print and available.
I have loved this picture book for years, and I bought it for my granddaughters, ages 5 and 7. It's a charming story about two young sisters. The text is enhanced by detailed black and white illustrations. Children's author Robert McCloskey knew how to tell a story and accompany it with vivid illustrations! Great for an adult to read aloud to children!
This is another wonderful children's book by Robert McCloskey. If you like "Blueberries for Sal," I think you will enjoy "One morning in Maine," too. Sal is again the main character, and this time she has a loose tooth. There's a hidden lesson for children about learning how not to sweat the small things, but mostly, McCloskey captures those moments in a child's life where she creates her own narrative. Sometimes it's based on her imagination, and sometimes it's based on the world outside, but it's a story that brings back warm memories of one's own childhood.
5.0 out of 5 starsFantastic Book that Engages Many Ages
Reviewed in the United States on July 19, 2017
I read this with great success to my 8, 6, 4 and 2 year old. This book is a long picture book but all of my four children enjoyed reading it together and that is pretty awesome. The story is simple and told from a child's perspective. Robert McCloskey makes his stories seem so real and yet magical at the same time.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 10, 2014
This was a present for a friend moving to Maine with his young kids. I bought these two American classics and he was delighted. They are very special books and the service from the seller was prompt and efficient. I used the pick up point system adn collected from my local garage. Very convenient!