Where Have You Lived? Idea Prompt for PiBoIdMo 2013

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Out on the ______ that poke their rocky shores above the waters of ________, you can watch the time of the world go by…

Perhaps you have heard of Robert McCloskey through his books, “Make Way for Ducklings” or “Blueberries for Sal”. Maybe even, “Lentils”? (I hadn’t heard of that one for awhile.)

I hadn’t read “Time of Wonder”, either, until I took a look at all of the Caldecott Award winners. “Time of Wonder” is a wonder-filled trip through the best of Maine’s shorelines and its wild ways. I was born in Maine, so I liked it right away, yet the book has the ability to reach out to any reader. A little wordy for me, though. At over 1000 words*, not exactly my fave bedtime book. Must resort to my parents’ paraphrasing of long books from when I was a little tike.  (*Yes, I counted each word, and will be more exact in its word count during a December post about Caldecott word counts.)

An Idea Prompt For PiBoIdMo: Perhaps you have only lived in one place, or maybe you’ve lived in all 50 states and some other countries too. Whatever your geography, write about it, tell a young reader what they might like about it. Let kids see your homeland anew, or perhaps for the first time.

Time of Wonder

The idea prompt with blanks is simply: Out on the ______ that poke their rocky shores above the waters of ________, you can watch the time of the world go by…  The first line of Robert McCloskey’s “Time of Wonder” is: “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, season to season. Puffin Books of Penguin is the publisher, and it was first published in 1957, and won the 1958 Caldecott Award.

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