Thursday, March 9, 2017

Portland Press Herald: ‘One Morning in Maine’ Island Donated to Nature Conservancy


The Portland Press Herald reported that the McCloskey family has donated the 6.2-acre Outer Scott Island in Penobscot Bay, off Deer Isle, to The Nature Conservancy.
The island was the summer home of Robert McCloskey, author of children's books including Make Way for Ducklings, Blueberries for Sal, and One Morning in Maine, the latter showing scenes of the island.

Tim Sample interviewed Robert McCloskey on the island for a favorite segment of his series for CBS' Sunday Morning, Postcards from Maine.  The saved video cassette, shown above, has proven nearly impossible to currently track down.

13 comments:

  1. William F. House, M.D.March 9, 2017 at 6:25 PM

    We're likely moving to Camden next year (for my medical practice). My kids have always loved the McCloskey books and we've loved reading them probably as much as they've enjoyed hearing them. One Morning in Maine is our favorite. Love the whole mid-coast region all the way downeast to Acadia and Bar Harbor.

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  2. Funny you should mention Robert McCloskey today of all days. While I was pouring frozen Wyman's of Maine wild blueberries over my oatmeal this morning, I thought of the book my kids always loved, in addition to One Morning in Maine, Blueberries for Sal and wondered if you would ever mention this title on your blog. I could hardly believe it when I saw this and will be sure to share it with my three adult children who loved their childhood storybooks, especially those depicted in Maine and New England, i.e., The Oxcart Man and Barbara Cooney's Miss Rumphius and her lupines - always make the world more beautiful than you found it! Thank you for this post.

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    1. I hasten to add, what a valuable gift the McKloskey family has given the Conversancy and your state.

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  3. As a child it was Too Much Salt and Pepper. Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Mo and still Mo. Tippy Canoe and Canada Too, How's Inky?

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  4. My mother read those books to me as a child. I read them to my three children many, many times. My favorite is A Time of Wonder. Beautifully written and illustrated. One day I hope to read them to grandchildren. McCloskey was a talented author and a generous man.

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  5. This is great. My favorite books of all time are the Henry Reed series- most of which were illustrated by McCloskey. I am in my 50's and read them still- at least once every few years.

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  6. I've never heard of the Henry Reed series. Looked at Amazon and am buying used hardcovers of the series for my grandson. Once again, thank you Salt Water New England for informing me of traditional books, music, movies or TV shows that involve real people not cartoons or superheroes.

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    1. The first 2 of the series are the best- Henry Reed Inc and Henry Reed's Journey. Always wished someone would make them into movies. Awesome that you bought the original hardcovers.

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  7. For those interested, McCloskey's daughter also wrote a wonderful biography of her father a few years ago that captures the magical experience of living on Deer Isle that inspired so many marvelous children's classics: Robert McCloskey: A Private Life in Words and Pictures by Jane McCloskey

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    1. Thank you for calling attention to this title. I purchased a copy and am leisurely working my way through it.

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  8. Thanks to all for the info., it is much appreciated!

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  9. I am 68 and still remember being read Make Way for Ducklings by our school librarian and being totally enchanted by that book. Later, as a child, I was gifted with Time of Wonder and, to this day, love the words and the illustrations. I grew up in Brookline and, as a child, was fortunate enough to be invited by family friends to a vacation at their home in Penobscot Bay.

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  10. In the Swan Boat illustration in 'Make Way..." I was often told my older brother and sister were shown seated next to our family cook. I wanted to be convinced it was true but knew it wasn't.

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