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Clever Beatrice: An Upper Peninsula Conteby Margaret Willey
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"Good afternoon, Mister Giant, Sir. I have come to make a bet with you."
Can a very little girl beat a very large giant in feats of strength? That's what clever Beatrice bets on when she marches through the north woods to the home of the giant, hoping to win some of his gold to help her mother buy porridge. The giant heartily agrees to a contest, never imagining the wisp of a girl could out-muscle him. But what he hasn't counted on is how clever Beatrice is...and that brains beat brawn every time.
This tall tale from Michigan's upper peninsula is told in delicious dialect, and introduces a heroine who's as irrepressible as Eloise.
"First-time illustrator Solomon makes an impressive debut in this winning tale of a spunky girl who matches her wits against a giant's brawn to save her family from destitution. Combining detailed watercolor and collage, the artist works patches of photographed tree bark, flowers, earth and grass into her paintings, creating a world in which realism blends with fantasy images to magical effect. Slender logs frame some of the pictures; in others, Beatrice and the giant appear as silhouettes against a white background. While some readers may find the heroine's cheekiness off-putting, others will admire her confidence and creative problem-solving as she tricks the giant into conceding each bet, in spite of his superior strength. Such humorous moments as when the girl wraps a rope around the giant's well and says, 'I am not going to bother carrying those buckets one by one.... I would sooner pull out the whole well,' are sure to amuse readers, as will the good-natured tone of the battle, which leaves the giant 'smiling to himself, feeling lucky' despite his losses. Willey's engaging tale of her sharp-witted heroine's courage, enhanced by Solomon's inspired illustrations, is clever indeed. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
When Beatrice's family is down to their last bit of food, she marches through the woods to the giant's home hoping to win some of his gold. The giant heartily agrees to a contest, and time after time Beatrice proves that brains beat brawn hands down. Full color.
What happens when a very little girl makes a bet with a very LARGE giant?
About the Author
andlt;bandgt;Heather M. Solomonandlt;/bandgt; was named a andlt;Iandgt;Publishers Weeklyandlt;/iandgt; Flying Start for andlt;Iandgt;Clever Beatrice,andlt;/iandgt; winner of the Charlotte Zolotow Award. She is also the illustrator of andlt;Iandgt;Clever Beatrice and the Best Little Ponyandlt;/iandgt; by Margaret Willey and andlt;Iandgt;If I Were a Lionandlt;/iandgt; by Sarah Weeks. She lives in New Mexico with her husband, daughter, and son, who especially love to share joyous secrets.
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