Man! Do I ever feel for Boston and the mountains of snow they are dealing with over there. Are any of you from New England? I know Susanna is from New York the upper part and has seen unusual bits of snow. Ourselves have escaped the mountains and have only had Arctic air. Now the thermometer says it is twenty so not so cold. The worst is to come tomorrow and again on Monday into Tuesday. I say this as most of you know I schedule these PPBF a week away on Saturday morning. tell me of your week in weather ok? I love weather of all kinds and think I might be one of those creatures who write the temperature and sunrise in a journal in a different era.
Title: One Morning In Maine
Author / Illustrator: Robert McCloskey
Publishing info: The Penguin Group, first copyright 1952
Ages appropriate for: All ages
Themes: Common childhood experiences, losing first tooth, coping, Differences
First sentences: One Morning in Maine, Sal Woke up. She peeked over the top of the covers. The bright sunlight made her blink, so she pulled up and was just about to go back to sleep when she remembered “today is the day I am going to Buck’s Harbor with my father!”
Sal pushed back the covers, hopped out of bed, put on her slippers, and hurried out into the hall.”
Summary from Jacket : “As Sal brushes her teeth she notices something strange. One of her teeth is loose! Her first loose tooth! When the tooth falls out she’ll be able to put it under her pillow and make a wish. But while Sal digs for clams with Dad, her loose tooth becomes a lost tooth. How can she make a wish now? Luckily an exciting trip to Buck’s Harbor with Dad and baby Jane helps make Sal’s wish come true.
In this heartwarming story, Robert McCloskey beautifully conveys life’s everyday pleasures and his intimate knowledge and deep appreciation of the Maine Islands.”
Resources: For a Study guide from Amazon click here:
For a list of Robert McCloskey’s works and films click here:
A wonderful bio of Robert McCloskey is here :
And a wonderful pdf about his most famous book “Make Way for Ducklings.”
Why I love it: One of the picture books Granny Pat gave my eldest son, Eric, when he was three and therefore my only child was, Blueberries for Sal, When I saw this one by Robert McCloskey standing at attention on the libraries’ shelf, I knew I had to get it, And then when I Looked at Susanna’s PPB site and didn’t see it listed, I was not only flabbergasted, I was delighted.
It meant I got to introduce this book to ya’ll. It’s theme of one of childhood’s common experiences was thrilling. Who among us has not lost a tooth as a six-year-old? And the way McCloskey bumps up the conflict of losing the tooth so the wish so the tooth fairy can’t happen is amazing.
The copyright is 1952 and renewed in 1980. This topic sprang up a topic of recurring discussion between my husband and I as to when children’s books became popular and if we had them when we were young. Due to reasons of culture and immigration, when I was a child we did not get picture books read to us when I was young enough to appreciate them but I am making up for it now. while still in Holland up to age seven my parents sat us down around the dining table after dinner and read the King James Bible to us. Then after coming to the States we sat around the dining table with an American dictionary learning English.
Now with my ESOL student we read picture books.
Please tell me in the comments when you started reading picture books?
And from my friend Donna Martin blog:
Micro-Fiction (up to 100 words)
Flash Fiction (100 – 1,000 words)
Short Story (1,000 – 7,500 words)
Novellette (7,500 – 20,000 words)
Novella (20,000 – 50,000 words)
Novel (50,000 -110,000 words)
Epics and Sequels (Over 110,000 words)
The Athletic Nerd…http://theathleticnerd.com/screenwriting/getting-to-know-your-characters
Creative Writing Now… http://www.creative-writing-now.com/writing-character-profiles.html
University of Chicago…http://writing-program.uchicago.edu/resources/grammar.html
SETTING OR SCENE
Joanna Marple says about Susanna Hill’s project:
Each week a group of bloggers reviews picture books we feel would make great educational reads. To help teachers, caregivers and parents, we have included resources and activities with each of our reviews. A complete list of the thousands of books we have reviewed can be found sorted alphabetically and by topics, here on Susanna Leonard Hill’s website.
And for my favorite this link about Edmund Pickle Chin? Here it is on Reading with Rhythm:
and for my Clarbojahn Presents! Author Annette Dasofy! For Tuesday!
This is her signature,
USA Today Best Selling Author of the Zoe Chambers Mysteries
Circle of Influence (Agatha Award Nominee for Best First Novel)
Lost Legacy (Zoe Chambers mystery #2)
Bridges Burned (Zoe Chambers #3, coming April 7, 2015)
I’ll see you back here on Tuesday for Part two on Annette Dasofy’s Interview. And the give away opportunity. XOXO
I can’t let you go without looking at this wonderful logo Margot Finke made me.
You can buy my books on Amazon , For Edmund, click here:
For Annie, Click here: