Do you remember those mornings as a child when you leapt out bed, so excited to start the day? Sal is so excited that she’s going to Buck’s Harbor with her dad that instead of snuggling back under the covers (which is what I would do), she hurries to get ready. She’s brushing her teeth when a crisis erupts, one of her teeth is loose! Sal is absolutely distraught thinking a loose tooth means she’ll have to miss the trip. After a quick chat with her mother she is reassured and runs outside to share her excitement with all of the animals she can find including a fish hawk, a loon, a seal, and gulls wondering all of the while which animals also have teeth.
One Morning in Maine by Robert McCloskey was first published in 1952. While the pictures are a little dated, it’s a wonderful story about childhood excitement and all of the wonderful things you can do in Maine. There are many wildlife watching cruises in Maine including seal watching trips. If you want to go clamming like Sal and her dad, you can find out more here and get the details about a license for clamming for Bar Harbor, or Freeport. My children wanted to know where we could go that we would have to take a boat to get groceries. My youngest doesn’t have any loose teeth yet, but he keeps checking, and just like Sal, he has a wish in mind.