Robert McCloskey’s family gift to the Nature Conservancy of the island on which his “One Morning in Maine” was set is a gift to all Mainers. I doubt that any state has as glorious a heritage of children’s literature as Maine.

When I think of our state, I think not of the governor who would snarl from every border, but rather of literate spiders, trains of ducklings, a lost young hiker, a girl and a bear converging in a blueberry field.

We should do more to celebrate Maine’s great contribution to children’s literature, and consider the McCloskey family gift as a great and generous start.

Phillip Hoose

Portland