Time of Wonder/ #PPBF

Hi Friends!

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 !

Book Cover for a Time of Wonder._AA160_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!!

See you on Tuesday! and again next Friday with another Perfect Picture Book.

Have a Happy Happy Weekend!


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27 Responses to Time of Wonder/ #PPBF

  1. Nice review. Thanks! I’m working on a children’s picture book myself and an artist friend from college (way back when…!) is illustrating it. The process is slow but fun. And I learn by looking at other wonderful picture books out there.

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    • clarbojahn says:

      Thanks so much, ‘roughwighting! That is the way of it. Looking and reading other picture books to learn how to do your own is what we all do. Congratulations on your process!

      And best of luck.

      I Must tell you something about the publishing industry though. In Traditional publishing most don’t want you to have an illustrater of your own but if you self publish this of course is necessary. Good luck! 🙂

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  2. Jennifer Marsh says:

    I love Time of Wonder. My mom obviously did too…she read me and my sister all the Robert McCloskey books, but this was a favorite. We took a lovely family trip up to Maine one time, and I think the beautiful language and pictures in this book may have helped inspire it.

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    • clarbojahn says:

      This book sure made me want me to take a trip to Maine, Jennifer! It seems just lovely!

      Thanks so much! 🙂 Lucky you having a mom like that. You probably know the story of how we sat learning English after dinner instead of reading picture books. 🙂


  3. You made me wish we were getting away this weekend. But not to be. Perhaps we’ll travel by book. 🙂

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    • clarbojahn says:

      Ha! Terrific way to travel now. Happy travels, Wendy!

      We aren’t going anywhere either except maybe on a hike on the Blue Ridge Mountains close to home.


  4. What a beautiful book. It certainly has entertained many generations of kids — I would have been 6 yrs old when it was published. What really struck me was how the text is so literary in style. We don’t see that in books today. Beautiful book choice!

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    • clarbojahn says:

      Thanks, Patricia! That is true we don’t see literal language in picture books these days and the word count is way above what agents and publishers want now, too.

      It is too bad in a way. But kids have way too much competing for their time and as soon as they can read the teachers are having them go to early readers and chapter books. 🙂

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  5. A timeless classic, Clar…and perfect for the season! I hadn’t read this one for ages…so thank you for jogging my memory. 😉

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  6. Joanna says:

    Maine in poetry. Truly an evergreen story, Clar!

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  7. ManjuBeth says:

    I want to sail to Spectacle Island. Thanks for sharing a picture book where the words are just as important as the pictures.

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  8. I read this story reprinted in Leonard Marcus’s Make Way for McCloskey and loved it! So glad it’s reprinted. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. I am wishing it was summer now. Beautiful choice for PPBF thanks Clar.

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    • clarbojahn says:

      Oh you poor dear, you are headed towards winter aren’t you? we are having some beautiful spring weather today. And are headed to summer. Making plans this morning.

      You’ll just have to make some winter plans, Diane! 🙂


  10. Wish I had thought to take this book along when we traveled to Maine last summer! Ah well… it’s a perfect book for summer reading on the porch, and I can pretend the wind is the sound of the waves. On really foggy August mornings everything is muffled and I might as well be on the coast.

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  11. Don’t you just love the names of all the islands?! So glad to be reminded of this lovely picture book–perfect timing as a gift to my son moving to the east coast and celebrating a birthday. Thanks!


  12. Joan Y. Edwards says:

    Dear Clarike,
    What a great idea to put the first three sentences! It is very poetic and lovely to listen to. Celebrate you and your communication skills.

    Never Give Up

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