Time of Wonder

Time of Wonder

by Robert McCloskey


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Winner of the Caldecott Medal! For fans of Blueberries for Sal, One Morning in Maine, and Make way for Ducklings.

"Out on the islands that poke their rocky shores above the waters of Penobscot Bay, you can watch the time of the world go by, from minute to minute, hour to hour, from day to day . . ." So begins this classic story of one summer on a Maine island from the author of One Morning in Maine and Blueberries for Sal. The spell of rain, the gulls and a foggy morning, the excitement of sailing, the quiet of the night, the sudden terror of a hurricane, and, in the end, the peace of the island as the family packs up to leave are shown in poetic language and vibrant, evocative pictures.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140502015
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 06/15/1989
Series: Picture Puffin Books Series
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 135,072
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.21(d)
Lexile: 940L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

Robert McCloskey (1914-2003) wrote and illustrated some of the most honored and enduring children's books ever published. He grew up in Hamilton, Ohio, and spent time in Boston, New York, and ultimately Maine, where he and his wife raised their two daughters. The first ever two-time Caldecott Medal winner, for Make Way for Ducklings and Time of Wonder, McCloskey was also awarded Caldecott Honors for Blueberries for Sal, One Morning in Maine, and Journey Cake, Ho! by Ruth Sawyer.  He was declared a Living Legend by the Library of Congress in 2000.  You can see some of his best-loved characters immortalized as statues in Boston's Public Garden and Lentil Park in Hamilton, Ohio.

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Awarded the Caldecott Medal as "The most distinguished American picture book of 1958," Time of Wonder is the classic story of a never-to-be forgotten summer, here produced from reoriginated plates to capture all the beauty of Mr. McCloskey's original illustrations.

Among the islands of Maine you'll find all that children and about the sea, the shore, and quiet forests beyond, as well as the excitement of preparations for a hurricane and the wonder of exploring the trunks, upper limbs, and giant trees felled by the storm.

As The Horn Book wrote, " The author has succeeded in transferring his love for the Main Islands to the printed page and as you listen to his words and look at his pictures you feel every day and every season is a 'time of wonder.' This is a [book] of great beauty."

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Time of Wonder 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
pvhslibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Booklist 12/1/1986 In McCloskey's popular, classic story, children learn about nature on their island home off the coast of Maine. They see changing seasons and survive a hurricane as it runs its course.And, as The Horn Book wrote on the front cover flap, 'The author has succeeded in transferring his love for the Maine islands to the printed page and as you listen to his words and look at his pictures you feel that every day and every season is a 'time of wonder.' This is a [book] of great beauty.'
psjones on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wonderful Vocabulary. The book is about a family who lives on the coast during the summer. Throughout the story there is wonderful vocabulary that describes outdoors and nature.
wrightk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Time of Wonder was the 1957 Caldecott Winner for children's books. I had read many Robert McCloskey books growing up including One Morning in Maine and Blueberries for Sal so it was fun to visit this classic as well, still in print after all these years. Although a bit long for a children's book, the illustrations are beautiful and the text flows in a way in which is reads well. The story follows a family spending their summer vacation on an island with everything that brings. Its carefree play breaks to the fear and anxiety surrounding a pending hurricane. The preparations, way the parents distract the children, and the following questions allow for discussion and resolution of similar fears for children. A definite recommendation.
eecnelsen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is great to explain life and weather patterns on an island. There is a hurricane, also dolphins in the water. The book is very detailed with wild life, boats, and weather. The illistrations are really good, they make me want to really look at them to understand the story.
aflanig1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A picture book about a young boy's summer in Maine
btivis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Time of Wonder is a wonderful story about family vacationing on the waters in Maine. It tells of their activities throughout the entire vacation. Even thought it is a wonderful story, I feel the artwork is the strength of this book. The beautiful colors mixed with the relaxing scenes makes this an enjoyable read.I would love to use this book in my classroom. I think you could use for an example in writing class. Students could use it as a reference to write about a vacation they have taken. I would also use it for a creative writing assignment. I would have them try to incorporate the pictures into the story, but they would have to do this by adding in descriptions.
elpowers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Love this book! Beautiful pictures, rich language, and information about the natural world. LOVE IT! Read it out loud and talk about it.
Gardenseed More than 1 year ago
I used to read this book to groups of children when I was a children's librarian in New York City. It is a quiet story that captures the feeling of being alone on a beach in the summer sun, as well as the excitement of experiencing a hurricane that blows in the front door of the house. At night,  in the beam of a flashlight, a crab  can be seen looking up from the floor of the sea. Stars shine down and "one pair of eyes watches over all."   This read-aloud favorite held the attention of all school-age children.
Doris4sons More than 1 year ago
Robert McCloskey's book, "Time of Wonder" as well as another favorite of his "Make Way for Ducklings" are both beautiful Caldecott Medal award winning books. There are seventy-five Caldecott Medal picture books for children and I have purchased twenty-nine of them so far for my first grandchild who is now five months old. I now have Christmas presents for three years and plan on keeping her filled with good quality books and later getting many of the Newbury Medal Award winning books for older school children. But getting back to "Time of Wonder" - it is an imaginative book for children and a delight for parent and child interaction. Doris C.
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Robert McCloskey was born in Ohio. He was married during World War II, and he had two children. Robert received the Caldecott Award in 1958 for Time of Wonder. This book was also turned into an audiobook by Tracy Lord. Time of Wonder tells a story about a family who spends their summer on a Maine island over looking Penobscot Bay. They endure rain, experience seeing new ferns grow, sailing the boat, swimming, a hurricane, and after the summer ends they have to leave the island and return home. The story ends by saying ¿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 reading of the book is fourth grade, fifth month. I loved this book because it shared with the reader about a family¿s summer vacation. The children are off from school, so they take the summer to their cottage. The illustrations are beautiful I cannot express how much they impact the story. The pictures are colorful, and are very vibrant. I would highly recommend people should read this book. McCloskey, Robert. Time of Wonder. New York: Viking Penguin, 1957.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Time of Wonder is a very visual book telling of storms on the sea. Through this book, a child is able to visualize what if would be like when a freak hurricane came upon a small boat on a very peaceful day. This story helps in developing a child's imagination through all of the descriptive details the author gives. This is a tale of two children and how they survive on the sea when a storms comes from out of no where and how serene it is afterwards.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Time of Wonder' is a wondrous summer spent in Maine. He follows two sisters ( their parents and friends) as they spend their days sailing, swimming, battening down for a big storm, and so on. Nothing of great import happens, but McCloskey has a lovely, calming way of relating their story so that we feel the sisters' closeness, their connection to their environment, and their childlike ability to find beauty and interest in nearly everything. McCloskey's book was first published in 1957, and the illustrations show this--no life vests in a lot of the boating pictures, children swimming without being watched over by a lifeguard or adult, and so on. Still, that's not a bad thing--it shows the protective, exclusionary nature of childhood and the risks children take without even being fully aware that they ARE taking risks. The illustrations are lovely. These paintings depict Maine as being beautiful without neglecting to show the dangerous side of coastal life as well. The story received a Caldecott Medal in 1958. It was written for preschool and kindergarten.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Caldecott It is about a wondrous summer spent in Maine. Two children spend their days sailing, swimming, battening down for a big storm, and so on. This book is very descriptive an example if this was ¿The wind whips the water into sharp, choppy waves¿ and they are descriptions like though out this book. Robert McCloskey was born in Hamilton, Ohio. He came to Boston after winning a scholarship to the Vesper George Art School in Boston in 1932. During World War II, he married Margaret Durand, daughter of children's author Ruth Sawyer. They had two daughters and settled in New York City, spending summers on Scott Island, Maine. Bibliography McCloskey, Robert. Time of Wonder. New York: Puffin Books, 1957.
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Time of Wonder is Robert McCloskey's lyrical tribute to the joys of being young in the summertime. The setting is his beloved Maine coast, on Penobscot Bay. The story builds around the approach of the rain, the cycle of the summer, the transition from morning to dark in a single day, and a hurricane. As wonderful as the story is, the illustrations are the highlight of this delightful book. They capture stunning panoramas, wind-swept moments, and gay times in the sun equally well in free flowing watercolors that are as fluid as the wind or the ocean. This book was awarded the Caldecott Medal for the outstanding quality of its illustrations in 1958. Two unnamed girls are overlooking Penobscot Bay, watching the rain form in the distance . . . until they themselves are drenched! Next, a full day evolves from the typical summer fog with sidelights about porpoises, lobstering, gulls, cormorants, the forest and its trees and fiddle-head ferns. Finally, the fog burns off and the scene shifts to bees, hummingbirds, other birds singing, sail boats, fishing boats, seals, the beach, rocks and children playing. Then, as dusk settles in, an owl, a heron, eider ducks, fishhawks, a crab, a rowboat, a flashlight and the stars frame the experience. At each moment, nature holds great adventures and mysteries for the girls to explore and exult in. A seaplane symbolizes the coming and going from the area. The bulk of the people and animals are summer visitors. Suddenly, everyone realizes a big storm is coming. 'We're going to have some weather. It's a-coming! She's gonna blow. With the next shift of the tide.' There are boats to get ready. Windows need to be secured. People have to go inside. Once there, the rain and wind can still blow their way in. Eventually, the storm ends and the full moon reigns. The next day, the girls inspect the damage and find an old Indian shell heap that probably predates the first European visitors. Then the girls have to help prepare for the next year. They get seaweed to put on as fertilizer for their garden. They pack up. As they leave, they are 'A little bit sad about the place you are leaving, a little bit glad about the place your are going.' One last thought hits them. 'Where do hummingbirds go in a hurricane?' This story does a marvelous job of helping children understand their connection to nature and to the powerful forces around them. Whether they are watching the wind, using it to push their sailboat, or riding out a hurricane, they know that they are a small part of a great scheme. If your child has yet to see many of these animals or scenes, you can use the illustrations to explain them. You will smile when you see the porpoises playing in the wake of the girls' sailboat. A good application of this book is to think of a place where you and your child can go on a regular basis to observe and enjoy nature. It may be a near-by park. It may be a family vacation home. It may be a public beach. Take your child there. Take her by the hand, and show her the easy-to-miss wonders all around. And remember to visit in the fog, rain, and winds, as well as on sunny days. You can take pictures, draw sketches of what you see, and make a scrapbook that contains your thoughts and observations. See beauty and harmony in the balance around you. Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution