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Publisher Comments:

Five giant sisters meet their match in one tiny baby!

Back when folks first discovered granite, five burly sisters ruled the mountains of New Hampshire. No problem was too big for those women. But when one sister carves a real live baby out of granite, a big problem appears that is, you might say, too small.

Lil Fella wailed so much that no one north of the Kancamagus Highway could eat, sleep, or plow. "Do something!" everyone demanded. But what? The five gals, who are strong enough to move mountains, are flummoxed . . . until a young backwoods girl named Nellie offers a small, simple suggestion.

With its droll humor and inventive, witty pictures, this uproarious tall tale is a true original - one not to be missed.

Review:

"Wild, rollicking, and boopsie-cute, this tall tale scampers over the granite hilltops of New Hampshire without a misstep. When Jade, Em, Golda, Ruby and Beryl, five Amazon-scaled, colossally talented women, open a quarry, everything goes smoothly until the creative bug bites Beryl. She starts carving a picnic lunch one day, 'granite root beer and finger sandwiches, granite dip and deviled eggs.' As a finale, she approaches some pink granite and says, 'Watch as I carve it into a real live baby.' Her creation, Lil Fella, comes to life; he 'cried, wailed, screamed, and hollered till you could actually see his yellin' in the crisp New Hampshere air.' For all their strength and talent, the five sisters cannot comfort him. 'Pretty soon nobody north of the Kancamagus Highway could eat, sleep or plow.' In Hawke's (Weslandia) bucolic spreads, clouds of letters spew from Lil Fella's mouth — it's a great running gag. Bertrand's (One Day, Two Dragons) storytelling talent is as titanic as her heroines', and while her down-home diction would seem to be more likely overheard in Appalachia than New England, it's charming all the same. A girl named Nellie has to teach the sisters how to tone down their Bunyan-esque impulses before Lil Fella will quiet down. Readers of every size will roar at Bertrand's whoppers, and they will also enjoy a new twist on broad-shouldered American fables: sometimes smaller is better. Not to be missed. Ages 4-8." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Back when folks first discovered granite, five burly sisters ruled the mountains of New Hampshire. When one sister carves a real live baby out of granite, a big problem appears. With its droll humor and inventive, witty pictures, this tall tale is a true original. Full color.

About the Author

Lynne Bertrand's One Day, Two Dragons was a New York Times Book Review Notable Book. She lives in Williamsburg, Massachusetts.

Kevin Hawkes is the acclaimed illustrator of books such as The Man Who Made Time Travel by Kathryn Lasky, an ALA Notable Book, and Weslandia by Paul Fleischman. He lives in Gorham, Maine.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374327613
ill.:
Hawkes, Kevin,
Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux
Illustrator:
Hawkes, Kevin
Author:
Bertrand, Lynne
Author:
Hawkes, Kevin
Location:
New York
Subject:
Children's 4-8 - Picturebooks
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Legends, Myths, & Fables - Other
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - Single Title
Subject:
Family - New Baby
Subject:
Babies
Subject:
Children's 4-8 - Literature / Classics
Subject:
New hampshire
Subject:
Tall tales
Subject:
Infants
Subject:
Children s humor
Subject:
Legends, Myths, & Fables - General
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Picture Book
Series Volume:
v. 116, suppl. 28
Publication Date:
20050431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from P up to 3
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Full-color illustrations throughout
Pages:
36
Dimensions:
12.29 x 9.32 x 0.35 in
Children's Book Type:
Picture / Wordless
Age Level:
04-08

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Product details 36 pages Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) - English 9780374327613 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Wild, rollicking, and boopsie-cute, this tall tale scampers over the granite hilltops of New Hampshire without a misstep. When Jade, Em, Golda, Ruby and Beryl, five Amazon-scaled, colossally talented women, open a quarry, everything goes smoothly until the creative bug bites Beryl. She starts carving a picnic lunch one day, 'granite root beer and finger sandwiches, granite dip and deviled eggs.' As a finale, she approaches some pink granite and says, 'Watch as I carve it into a real live baby.' Her creation, Lil Fella, comes to life; he 'cried, wailed, screamed, and hollered till you could actually see his yellin' in the crisp New Hampshere air.' For all their strength and talent, the five sisters cannot comfort him. 'Pretty soon nobody north of the Kancamagus Highway could eat, sleep or plow.' In Hawke's (Weslandia) bucolic spreads, clouds of letters spew from Lil Fella's mouth — it's a great running gag. Bertrand's (One Day, Two Dragons) storytelling talent is as titanic as her heroines', and while her down-home diction would seem to be more likely overheard in Appalachia than New England, it's charming all the same. A girl named Nellie has to teach the sisters how to tone down their Bunyan-esque impulses before Lil Fella will quiet down. Readers of every size will roar at Bertrand's whoppers, and they will also enjoy a new twist on broad-shouldered American fables: sometimes smaller is better. Not to be missed. Ages 4-8." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Back when folks first discovered granite, five burly sisters ruled the mountains of New Hampshire. When one sister carves a real live baby out of granite, a big problem appears. With its droll humor and inventive, witty pictures, this tall tale is a true original. Full color.
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