One Morning in Maine

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One Morning in Maine
One Morning in Maine.jpg
Front cover illustration
Author Robert McCloskey
Illustrator Robert McCloskey
Cover artist Robert McCloskey
Country United States
Genre Children's picture book
Published 1952 The Viking Press
Media type Hardback
ISBN 0-670-52627-4

One Morning in Maine is a picture book by Robert McCloskey set in Brooksville, Maine. It was awarded the Caldecott Honor in 1953.[1]


The book gives a small slice of everyday life in Maine, where McCloskey and his family moved following World War II.[2] Sal (also the heroine of McCloskey's Blueberries for Sal[3] ) finds she has a loose tooth and worries that she won't be able to go sailing with her father. She goes digging for clams and the tooth falls out. Eventually she gets an ice cream.[4]


The action in the book takes place at the McCloskeys' summer home on Scott Island off of Little Deer Isle, and in South Brooksville on Bucks Harbor, where the buildings housing the garage and store depicted in the book can still be seen.[5]


  1. ^ Caldecott Medal & Honor Books, 1938-Present
  2. ^ Kennedy, Elizabeth. "Maine Caldecott Winners by Robert McCloskey". Retrieved 7 January 2013. 
  3. ^ CAROL BUTZOW; JOHN BUTZOW (2002). The World of Work Through Children's Literature: An Integrated Approach. ABC-CLIO. pp. 51–53. 
  4. ^ Silvey, Anita (June 7, 2011). "One Morning in Maine". Children's Book Almanac. Retrieved 7 January 2013. 
  5. ^ Eisenberg, Abby (2012-08-02). "Famed Author's Daughter Takes Visitor Around Town". The Ellsworth American. Retrieved 2016-08-24.