One Morning in Maine

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Whitney Stewart, Common Sense Media
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A warm story about a lost tooth.

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Violence & scariness

Momentary fear of a child discovering a loose tooth.


What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this long book lacks tension and poetic description, but it portrays the sweet mood of a contented family.

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Kid, 10 years old December 19, 2011



What's the story?

A loose tooth is both scary and fun for a child. Little Sal's fear over her wiggly tooth turns to jubilance and then despair. A lost tooth is also an age marker, and Sal is suddenly a big girl who can help her father and instruct her little sister. Although it's mildly didactic, this warm story generates good feelings.


Is it any good?

Robert McCloskey's books are old favorites, and adults enjoy reading them to children. Life in McCloskey's world is fairly safe and peaceful, and always full of natural beauty. The stories make adults remember childhood, and vacations, and simpler moments. And they make today's children feel calm and assured.

ONE MORNING IN MAINE is tender and right on the mark with a child's feelings about a lost tooth and an adventure with Dad. The softness of the pencil drawings perfectly matches the mood of Sal's wonder about life and growing up. Kids laugh at Sal's barrage of questions to her father about animals -- and they gasp when Sal's tooth pops out and sinks into clam-filled mud.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Sal's response to her losing her tooth -- for good. Kids: Have you ever lost a tooth? If not, are you worried about it happening?

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