Posted tagged ‘Maine’

TWELVE KINDS OF ICE by Ellen Bryan Obed

January 8, 2013

iceDo you like to ice skate?  This small, beautiful book contains the author’s childhood memories of skating on ponds, lakes, the backyard rink…even on frozen fields!  The lovely pen and ink drawings add to the charm of this little book that celebrates the joy and magic of a MAINE winter.

Touchblue by Cynthia Lord

October 18, 2010

This is a wonderful MAINE story!   You can practically smell the salt air and hear the seagulls  crying when the author, a Maine resident,  describes the main character going out in the lobster boat with her father.

Tess is a strong 11-year-old  girl who loves her family and her island way of life.  Her  small  island has a one-room schoolhouse that is in danger of closing because there aren’t enough students.  Some families on the  island decide to take in foster children to add to the school population.  Tess’s family takes a chance on Aaron, a 13-year-old boy who has been in a few different foster homes because his mother hasn’t been able to take care of him since he was five.  Tess goes out on a limb for Aaron, trying to help him feel at home.  Will he stay?  Will the school close? Read this hopeful book about what it means to belong.

*For those of you who have read Seal Island School by Susan Bartlett, here’s another look at living on a Maine island.

The great outdoors

October 12, 2010

I hope everyone is getting out there and enjoying this beautiful fall weather we’re having.  One of the best ways to view the colorful leaves and feel the crisp air is to go hiking, and that’s exactly what I did this past weekend and the weekend before.   Here is a picture from the top of Goose Eye:

While I was hiking through the woods, I couldn’t help thinking about one of my favorite books, My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George.  In this classic book, Sam lives in a hollow tree in the forest for almost a year and learns how to forage and hunt, make his own clothes from deerskin, and observe and “befriend” some of the animals of the forest.  What a great adventure!  Sam knew a lot more than I do before he left home to live in the wilderness, but I still think it sounds like a pretty awesome way to spend the summer.

Another excellent book about the great outdoors is Lost on a Mountain in Maine by Donn Fendler.   Of course Donn wasn’t having quite as much fun as Sam in My Side of the Mountain!  Donn got separated from his hiking group and spent many days alone, desperately seeking rescue.  My hiking group and I felt a little of Donn’s panic this weekend, as our hike took a little longer than expected, it was a lot colder at the summit than we thought it would be, and we found ourselves beginning the descent at almost 4:00.  There was ice on the rocks and we sure hoped we could get safely off the mountain before dark.  Luckily we did, and we all enjoyed a hearty dinner and a great sleep that night.   Next time we’ll start our hike a little earlier…

Sand Dollar Summer by Kimberly Jones

August 28, 2009

Sand Dollar SummerHere’s a great family story that takes place on the Maine coast. Lise is a 12-year-old with a young brother who is very bright but doesn’t speak. Her mother is raising the two children alone. When I started reading it I thought, “oh, this is going to be one of those stories about an overwhelmed, neglectful mother and Lise will have to take full responsibility for her little brother.” Not so. I was happy to see that the mother is strong and capable, BUT she has a bad accident and decides to recover on an island in Maine where she grew up. Lise is very afraid of the ocean and has no interest in leaving her friends and going to a boring island. The author skillfully shows how Lise changes from a self-centered, resentful, scared girl by means of a few interesting people she meets on the island and an intense encounter with a dangerous hurricane.