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One Morning in Maine



A warm story about a lost tooth.

What parents need to know

Violence & scariness

Momentary fear of a child discovering a loose tooth.

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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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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.

Families can talk 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?

Book details

Author:Robert McCloskey
Illustrator:Robert McCloskey
Genre:Picture Book
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Penguin Group
Publication date:September 30, 1976
Number of pages:64
Publisher's recommended age(s):4 - 7
Award:Caldecott Medal and Honors

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What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing


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