Robert McCloskey (1914-2003) was born in Ohio and moved east to study art in Boston and New York. He was awarded a prestigious Rome Prize, but World War II made it impossible for him to go to Rome. Renowned as a draftsman, McCloskey provided illustrations for a variety of authors and also wrote and illustrated eight books of his own, including Blueberries for Sal
(1948), One Morning in Maine
(1952), and the Caldecott Award-winning stories Make Way for Ducklings
(1941) and Time of Wonder
(1958). McCloskey’s last book, Burt Dow: Deep-Water Man
, came out in 1963. In 2003, he died on the Maine island where he had lived with his family since the 1940s.