I hope you had a great week and that the upcoming weekend will be even better!! Can you believe another weekend is upon us? they fly by like birds in the sky. so fast I want to slow them down. This weeks selection will make you think of vacation and slower times. Here’s for a great vacation !
Title: Time of Wonder
Author / Illustrator : Robert McCloskey
Publishing info : Viking Press (first printing was in 1957 and this one was in 1985) But the book is new and newly printed. fiction for enjoyment for all ages
First Three Sentences : “Out on the islands that poke their rocky shores above the waters of Penobscot Bay, you can watch the time of the world go by, from minute to minute, hour to hour, from day-to-day, season to season. You can watch a cloud peep over the Camden Hills, thirty miles away across the bay — see it slowly grow and grow as it comes nearer and nearer; see it darken the hills with its’ shadow; and then, see it darken, on after the other, Islesboro, Western Island, Pond Island, Hog Island, Spectacle Island, Two Bush Island — darken all the islands in between, until (page turn )you,on your island, are standing in the shadow,watching the rain begin to spill down way across the bay.”
Summary From amazon site : “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.”
Resources : Pre and post discussion for viewing the film made from this book.
And some of the questions it asks are these : ‘Ask the children where they like to go on vacation. How does the weather affect where they go? For example, they might like to go to the seashore in the summer. What happens when it rains? What does their family do together then? Write a story: Once, when my family and I were on vacation, it….. so we….. “
Why I love it : Just read the first three sentences and you’ll get it. The whole book is just poetic with watercolor paintings sparking the dream of going to Maine to experience the story line. Right after reading it the first time and pouring over the illustrations I re read it again and enjoyed it just as much. Robert McCloskey is a famous picture book author having written “Blueberries for Sal” and “Make Way for Ducklings” books you are familiar with. And this one is just as lovingly outstanding. He makes it so believable you feel like you ARE experiencing his summer in Maine as a child. That you are the one getting ready for that hurricane. So if he can do that to me as an adult, imagine what a child would feel? Terrific right?
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So you see? There is no scarcity of places to look for picture books. Enjoy!!
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Have a Happy Happy Weekend!
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