One Morning in Maine — a Glimpse at the Real Storybook Setting

I grabbed our copy of One Morning in Maine just before we left New Jersey for a 9-hour drive up into the Pine Tree State a few summers back. The paperback, a gift from my mother-in-law, a Mainer, is inscribed in blue pen: Happy 6th, Annie — Love, Grandma.

I reread the 1952 classic by Robert McCloskey on the car ride up, familiarizing myself again with Sal, her mother, father and little sister, Jane. By then, the girl in the back seat of our Honda CR-V was 17, no longer the jolly preschooler who loved every detail of the…