One Morning in Maine (Picture Puffins)

by Robert McCloskey

Paperback, 1976



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Puffin Books (1976), Edition: Reprint, 64 pages


It's a big day for a little girl when she discovers her first loose tooth and makes a trip to the grocery store on the mainland.

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LibraryThing member t1bclasslibrary
This book tells the story of a little girl whose tooth is loose. She's told that if she puts it under her pillow she can wish on it, but she loses it in the mud. She wishes on a lost feather and gets her wish (for a chocolate ice cream cone).
LibraryThing member eecnelsen
This would be a great book to teach about teeth and how they work for people and animals. Also covers the very intresting consept of losing your tooth and having it regrow. Review: I really liked how teeth were compaired to so many diffrent things. Also the replacement of them ex gold teeth.
LibraryThing member conuly
This is a very long, very wordy book. It's not suitable for last minute bedtimes, nor for toddlers.

It's very suitable for kids in the older end of the 4-8 range, or littler kids with a good attention span, though.

Not much happens in the story - girl loses a tooth, gets her wish of ice cream, has
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clam chowder for lunch - which is just the way real life works. It's so well-written that you don't even *notice* that the story moves slowly, you might as well be talking about your own life.

I really sound like I'm criticizing, but I'm not. All the points I'm mentioning actually make it a good book. Really :) Definitely don't pass this classic book by.
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LibraryThing member MrBean
Suggested age: Grade 1-3. Genre: Realistic fiction.
Sal wakes up with a loose tooth. While clamdigging with her father, the tooth falls out, and is lost in the mud. Throughout her day, she thinks about loss, from a dropped gull feather to a replaced spark plug, she thinks about wishes for each lost
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piece in her day. Sharing one for her sister, and keeping one for herself, she travels to the mainland with her father and sister and gets her wish. This book is useful for discussing how people even in the same state can live very differently because of their environment.
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LibraryThing member michcall
Cute, clever, and appealing ot kids.
LibraryThing member elpowers
Nice black and white pictures- they take you back to a simpler time, but still remain relevant. Cute story about a loose tooth and a day in Maine.
LibraryThing member Whisper1
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
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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 tooth to the sea gulls and the seal.

Slow and leisurely in pace, this is a delightful snapshot of times gone by.
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LibraryThing member mderob1
This story is all about loosing your first tooth with the big idea of growing up. After Sal freaks out about loosing her first tooth in the sand she realizes that she is growing up and it’s not a big deal. Sal promises her mom she will watch her little sister “I’m a big girl and I can so she
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doesn’t tumble into the water.” The book is very relatable for little kids because it is all about a typical morning with your family. I liked the story because it tells little kids that it is common to loose your first tooth and it is not the end of the world. Just like all of McCloskey’s books this one is also very straight forward with extremely detailed black and white illustrations.
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LibraryThing member Cheryl_in_CC_NV
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
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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 never read this before. I don't think that I have and just forgot, either, because it seemed so utterly unfamiliar. Do any of you know it from your childhood?
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LibraryThing member Adrinnon
Sal wakes up with a wiggly tooth. At first she is concerned until her mom tells her it means she is a big girl now, and when it falls out she can put it under her pillow and make a wish. On her way to her dad she wonders about all the other animals and if they have teeth. When she is digging for
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clams she loses her tooth in the mud. At first she is upset until she finds a gull feather. She decides she can make her wish on the gull feather. When they make it to the harbor she shows everyone she lost her tooth. She hands the old spark plug from the boat motor to her sister Jane to make a wish on. In the end their wishes come true and they get ice cream cones. GENRE: realistic fiction. USES: losing teeth, information about different animals. CRITIQUE: Every child can relate to losing a tooth and most children wish for ice cream. It does a great job of capturing the thought process of a child. MEDIA: pencil.
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LibraryThing member ashleytylerjohn
Not the world's most exciting book, but a lovely, gentle slice-of-life story where nothing really important happens: the big event, revealed very early, is that Sal loses a tooth. The rest of the plot is just very honest, carefully observed, tenderly illustrated, normal everyday life. (Slightly
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more exciting than normal, as they're heading into the small town later in the day, which appears to be only a weekly occurence).

It's a nice book, and while reading it you will be charmed, and not miss wheedling pigeons or magic wardrobes or horcruxes. I suspect it's even more potent now, when the charms of the past are added to the charms of the rural life—the typical parent nowadays will have much to contrast and compare if reading aloud.

(Note: 5 stars = amazing, wonderful, 4 = very good book, 3 = decent read, 2 = disappointing, 1 = awful, just awful. I'm fairly good at picking for myself so end up with a lot of 4s). I feel a lot of readers automatically render any book they enjoy 5, but I grade on a curve!
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LibraryThing member villemezbrown
I wasn't much impressed by Blueberries for Sal but at least it had bears. This sequel is a total snooze about a loose tooth, seabirds, and clamming. Ho-hum.
LibraryThing member fuzzi
Sal wakes up one morning to discover she has a loose tooth, and so her busy day begins.

I recently read Blueberries for Sal, which was the precursor to One Morning in Maine, but I loved this book so much more. The author includes many details within each illustration for the reader to find, while
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the story takes us back to a simpler time in small town America. I'm planning to find a copy of this book for my grandchildren.
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8.62 x 0.17 inches


0140501746 / 9780140501742

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