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One Morning in Maine

4.35 of 5 stars 4.35  ·  rating details  ·  8,672 ratings  ·  185 reviews
A Caldecott Honor Book!

Today is a specidal day for Sal because she gets to go to Buck's Harbour with her dad. But when she wakes up to brush her teeth with her baby sister, she discovers something shocking.... Her tooth is loose!

And that's just the start of a huge day!
Paperback, 64 pages
Published September 30th 1976 by Puffin Books (first published 1952)
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Caldecott Honor Books
13th out of 244 books — 142 voters
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My copy came from a *very* rural library in our system - Mineral County library, Mina-Luning branch. The closest those kids have been to Maine would be canned clam chowder, poor things - but of course they do know about loose teeth and secret wishes and little sisters!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The illustrations were so authentic - everyone looked like a real person, warts-and-all, as the saying goes. I especially liked the different expressions on the father's face.

I am surprised I've nev
Currently one of Niamh's favourites. She quotes sections to me randomly throughout the day... "My, such trouble" "We're having cham powder for lunch!" [sic] This is one of those books that kids love, but parents don't have to get tired of reading to them. I love the way McCloskey is able to take the stuff of everyday life and suffuse it with a gentle humour and an obvious understanding of the inner workings of a child's mind. Reading this book is like eating a slice of warm, home-baked bread wit ...more
This book takes place where I grew up in the summer and still go visit every summer. Sal and Jane are real people and the store/garage are also there just revamped. As I worked at the yacht club during my years from HS- college you do see many people stepping off the boats reinacting sal and janes adventures which is cute.
A fun book for kids and adults all ages who come to visit in this town in the summer!
As a kid, I found "One Morning in Maine" calming and familiar, an ideal naptime book. Revisiting it much later in life, in a B. Dalton I believe, I was shocked to find myself teary-eyed, even dizzy, looking at the pages. It felt like picking up a seashell at the beach and finding a tiny picture of my best friend from kindergarten inside.

One of the most recognizable names in children's fiction is Robert McCloskey, author and illustrator of books like "Make Way for Ducklings," "Time of Wonder" and "Blueberries for Sal." As an illustrator, McCloskey was recognized with the Caldecott on four separate occasions for his work in children's fiction; twice with the Caldecott Medal and twice with the Caldecott Honor. He received the Caldecott Honor in 1953 for his book, "One Morning in Maine."

The story of a child losing a tooth for the f
Linda Lipko
The author conveys his love of Maine with lovely charcoal like black and white illustrations.

Written in 1952, the illustrations took me back in time to my childhood and reminded me of the Dick and Jane books.

Sal awakes to find her tooth is loose. Excited about a trip to Buck's Harbor with her father, she and her little sister walk the beach to find him.

While digging clams, her tooth falls out and is lost to the sea.

Traveling via row boat the Buck's Harbor Sal tells the tale of her missing toot
This takes me back to my youth. I am not certain I ever read this book, but to me, this was the type of book I did read. I really like this book.

Sal, a cute little girl from Blueberries for Sal fame awakens to discover she has a loose tooth. I note that the tooth fairy did not make an appearance here. Rather, her mother tells her to put the tooth under her pillow and make a wish.

Sal takes off to find her father, who is digging for clams along the shore. Before she meets him, she tells the animal
“One Morning in Maine” is a Caldecott Honor Book from the great mind of Robert McCloskey and it is about how a young girl named Sal learns about the wonders of growing up after she loses her first baby tooth. “One Morning in Maine” is a truly inspiring story about growing up that many children will easily love.

Robert McCloskey has done an excellent job at both illustrating and writing this book. Robert McCloskey’s illustrations are much more beautiful in this book than in his other books as the
One Morning in Maine was our read this morning from Make Way for McCloskey on the recommendation of Sonlight P3/4. While I remember Make Way for Ducklings from my childhood I do not know all of these other McCloskey tales and I am really enjoying them with my girls. Blueberries for Sal is definitely the most well requested by my three year old, so when I was able to start a new story about an older version of Sal with her little sister Jane that intrigued my daughter who is also an older sister ...more
I had a boss once, (who hasn't), but I guess she was my first boss, and, though we didn't part as friends, I thought of her as a big sister-type and there's still all these things that remind me of her and how much a relationship like that can mean to a 22 year-old when you're so far from your family for the first time (NYC). Because we worked in publishing, it makes sense Children's books would set it off, but she also had a house in Maine.
I've never been, but she was a fast paced lady, she ra
This is an utterly charming kids' book, and I can see why it's considered such a classic. The story is cute--how Sal's tooth comes loose and falls out, and how she deals with the issue of wishes. She sets a good example for children of how to be a good older sibling and to deal with (initial) disappointment. The way of life described in the story, the family's little isolated Maine life, reusable milk bottles, travel by boat, etc is like another world, and all the more charming for it. The pictu ...more
This is one of my favorite picture books of all time. I was thinking about it today because it is a beautiful book about a girl character that is not ABOUT a GIRL!!, if you know what I mean. Sal's relationship to her father and her sister is so well-done, and I love that Sal suffers a small disappointment, yet her father does not sugar-coat it or try to "fix" it and life goes on. The book is dated, but in a wonderful, magical way that will make you want to go back in time. Really, it has about a ...more
This old-fashioned book tells the story of a girl whose tooth is loose. Her mother tells her she can put the tooth under her pillow and make a wish. She goes digging for clams with her father, but she loses the tooth. I presume the little girl is the same girl from "Blueberries for Sal" because her name is also Sal, but she is obviously a little older in this book.

This book teaches a lot about nature because the little girl sees many animals and wonders if they have teeth.

My son seemed to like t
Savannah Bryant
One Morning in Maine is a beautiful book that expresses the simple pleasures of life, whether it be losing your first tooth, getting that delicious chocolate ice cream cone, or Mom's fresh cooked clam chowder. McCloskey's story is a heart warming telling of a family's life on the coast of Maine, as well as an endearing interpretation of childhood and the meaning of growing up. A Caldecott Honor Book, One Morning in Maine is a great book for children between the ages of 3-6 years. A good read-alo ...more
Melissa Mcavoy

Sal is excited about a boat trip with her father to Buck’s Harbor. She has a loose tooth and shares this fact with various animals she encounters: a fish hawk, a loon, a seal. She helps her father dig for clams and loses her tooth in the sand. Sal, Jane and the father row to the town where they have the boat’s motor fixed, receive ice cream from a store-owner and then head home with supplies to a clam chowder lunch the mother has prepared.

The older females: Sal and her mother, engage in most of
This is such a beautiful book, my favorite so far of the McCloskey books. Such a big day for Sal, and oh, the questions, they're exactly the same ones I get from my almost five year old all the time, so endearing! This book would make a beautiful gift. Wish I could draw like Robert McCloskey ...
Dec 26, 2013 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a nice story about life on a Maine island for a family of four. Sal (from Blueberries for Sal, perhaps?) is growing up and has a loose tooth. She goes to help her dad go clamming and then she and her little sister go over to the mainland with their dad in a boat to get groceries. It's very quaint, and tells of an older time, but still has a sincerity and a sweetness that resonates with children today. We really enjoyed this story.
Dusty Johnson
Themes: Tooth Loss, Work before play, Taking a Journey, Growing Up

Benefits: Onomatopoeia, Animal Recognition

Storyline: *** A story about a a girl who loses a tooth and telling every living thing she encounters about it. The story feels like a day in the life of Sal and what she looks forward to doing with her father and sister. Seems like a storyline that a kid's mind could easily wander away from, but slow paced enough to feel warm and cozy.

Character Development: *** She loses a tooth and learn
The black and white illustrations in this early Caldecott Honor book are superb! They include such detail and emotion. Sal is very excited because today she and her baby sister Jane will go across the bay with their dad. And what's more, she has her first loose tooth. (Such an exciting event for a young youngest has her first loose tooth right now and she has been happily telling everyone about it.). Sal tells the loon, the gulls, and a seal about her loose tooth. She is so proud to b ...more
This is a sweet story about a girl, Sal (from Blueberries for Sal), and her loose tooth. The illustrations are beautiful and the sisters sweet. All my girls, ranging from 5 to 2, will all sit still for the whole book. Well, my 2 year old wanders around at about the 3/4 mark, but comes back to sit down later. You cannot go wrong with McCloskey.
The Library Lady
This is Sal from "Blueberries From Sal", but a little more grown up--the toddler now is her sister Jane. Both little girls were based on McCloskey's own daughters.

This is my own childhood favorite--I vividly remember the chocolate ice cream cone and the loose tooth falling into the salty mud. My own "Sal" and "Jane" loved this book too!
My favorite memory of this book was when I was little and my Grandparents recorded it on tape for my sister and I. I remember thinking that they had written it, and that Jane and Sal were actually Savanna and Sydney!
I didn't realise while reading this that it was written and illustrstrated by the same guy who wrote and illustrated Make Way for Ducklings. This is quite a different book, for slightly older children, but still, once I realised, I could see the similarities - again, the illustrations are full of personality and aliveness. I didn't feel it worked quite as well as it did in the pictures of ducklings - there is a sort of curvy, bouncy fluidity about the drawings that somehow suits ducklings more t ...more
Brittnee Pettie
Comments: “One Morning in Maine” is the story of young Sal who simply longs for a nice day of fishing with her father; however, an equally exciting and unexpected event occurs, threatening to spoil her big plans. The plot of this book is one most familiar to families who have experienced loose teeth and the “high” expectations that follow. Nonetheless, the setting and overall reaction of the main character gives the story a unique twist. The setting of the story is also very important to conside ...more
I love McCloskey's illustrations. This book had me remembering how much I hated the years I was losing my teeth. An experience I never want to go through again. But the book also had me wondering what it might have been like to have a childhood like Sal's, growing up in Maine across the harbor from a small town.

I don't think it's a Must-Read, but it was a nice one. Too long for storytime, but a great Lap-Read. Not too bad as a Read-Alone.
Davis Aujourd'hui
This book, along with Robert McCloskey's other books, were some of my childhood favorites. This one is a companion piece for Blueberries for Sal. It is a book filled with the wonder and innocence of childhood. It is also beautifully illustrated.

It paints a lovely picture of the beautiful state of Maine. It also paints a picture of a simpler time when worries seemed far away. Sal is the quintessential girl who is going through the rite of passage through childhood. There is a delightful scene whe
This is one of Robert McCloskey's books that he has both written and illustrated. The drawings are done "in big double-spread lithographs printed in dark blue" according to the book cover. The characters in the story are the same as the characters in some of the other picture books that he has written. The drawn pictures have a lot of soft lines and are very expressive. They go across the gutter, bleed out the sides of the page and take up most of the space on the pages. This book was originally ...more
I have this tiny little obsession with visiting the coast of Maine, which is perhaps why this book appeals to me so much. One of my boys went through a period where he wouldn't let me read this book to him - the loose tooth part was "too scary." I never did figure that one out. This week, I've been introducing yet another child to the beauty of Robert McCloskey's illustration style. This particular child was already familiar with Make Way for Ducklings, but not One Morning in Maine. He rejected ...more
Lindsey Feldpausch
This review was written by Braelynn: First, the oldest sister, Sal, woke up, remembered that she was going to the harbor with her dad and discovered that she had a loose tooth. Next, she went outside to help her dad. When she got there her dad was picking clams. Sal recognized her tooth had disappeared. They couldn't find it. They went to the harbor, saw their friends and told them about Sal's loose tooth. When they were done grocery shopping at the harbor, they came out with ice cream cones. Th ...more
I enjoy Robert McCloskey books, but man does he write long children's books. This one, which won 1953 Caldecott Honor, is all about a young girl named Sal, her sister Jane and her mother and father who live on an island in Maine. Sal has a loose tooth but loses it when she helps her father dig for clams on the shore. She would've wished for some chocolate ice cream if she had been able to keep it and make a wish. Sal, her sister and her father go to Buck's Harbor to pick up groceries and get the ...more
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John Robert McCloskey (September 15, 1914 – June 30, 2003) was an American writer and illustrator of children's books. He both wrote and illustrated eight picture books and won two Caldecott Medals from the American Library Association recognizing the year's best-illustrated picture book. Four of those eight books were set in Maine: Blueberries for Sal, One Morning in Maine, Time of Wonder, and Bu ...more
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