This week in our homeschool, we have been delighting in Robert McCloskey’s books. With two Caldecott honor books and two Caldecott medal titles, you can be assured that he is an amazing illustrator and writer. He did not write a long list of titles, but the ones he wrote are wonderful. And if you have ever read Blueberries for Sal or Make Way for Ducklings, you have read McCloskey.
(Book cover courtesy of Amazon).
One of his lesser known titles (that also won a Caldecott Medal) is Time of Wonder. His books are set in New England, the area near his home, but I think McCloskey also manages to convey how I feel about Nebraska. Several nights in September I was gone from home – some of them with my family, some with friends. I could have stayed longer at both places, yet I know that I would have longed to come home soon. The ending lines of Time of Wonder capture my thoughts on traveling.
A little bit sad about the place you are leaving …
A little bit glad about the place you are going …
It’s a time of quiet wonder.
P.S. The above porch picture features two of the five reasons I am more than just a little glad to go home! 🙂