February 23, 2018
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Book Talk & Signing Robert McCloskey: A Private Life in Words and Pictures

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“Robert McCloskey was author of such famous children’s books as Make Way for Ducklings, One Morning in Maine, and Time of Wonder, but little is known of his life. In her memoir Robert McCloskey: A Private Life in Words and Pictures by Bob’s daughter Jane, the reclusive artist that few really knew is revealed, including his Midwestern upbringing, the pivotal event in Mexico that shaped his life, and the family’s years on their island in Maine. Bob McCloskey really did write and paint what he knew: from his Midwestern childhood to island life in Maine. Jane McCloskey chronicles the loving, difficult but productive family relationships in a way that will add depth and meaning to his wonderful books. She has included more than fifty examples of McCloskey’s art that have rarely been seen outside the family including never before seen artwork from the family archives.

Jane McCloskey has been many things, including house painter, Christmas wreath maker, environmentalist, and writer. She lives in a house she built herself on Deer Isle, Maine, near the island where she grew up. She is Robert McCloskey’s younger daughter and appears in many of his books.” (adapted from Amazon.com website). Sherman’s Book Store will also be on hand to sell copies of her book. For additional information contact library director, Ruth Eveland at 288-4245 or reveland@jesup.lib.me.us.