Time of Wonder

Summer always reminds me of one of my favorite children’s books, by a favorite author. Robert McCloskey was awarded the Caldecott Medal in 1958 for his beautifully illustrated book, TIme of Wonder. This family story, set in Maine, was McCloskey’s first book to have full-color illustrations. His water colors evoke the feelings of discovery, contentment, closeness, and timeless wonder of a summer vacation spent on Penobscot Bay. The writing is especially beautiful, and the reader is pulled into the words as well as the pictures. I love the way time passes in this book, and the ending, as the family packs up to leave Maine, is lovely:

Take a farewell look at the waves and sky. Take a farewell sniff of the salty sea. A little bit sad about the place you are leaving, a little big glad about the place you are going. It is a time of quiet wonder—for wondering, for instance: Where do hummingbirds go in a hurricane?”

(The part of the story about the hurricane is the best!)

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