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Clever Beatrice : an Upper Peninsula conte / by Margaret Willey ; illustrated by Heather Solomon.

Willey, Margaret. (Author).
Book Book (2001.)
Description: [36] p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2001.
12 of 13 copies available at NOBLE (All Libraries).
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  • ISBN: 0689832540 (hardcover) :
  • ISBN: 9780689832543 (hardcover) :
  • Edition: 1st ed.
Summary: A small, but clever young girl outwits a rich giant and wins all his gold.
Authors: Solomon, Heather, (ill.).
Citation: Willey, Margaret. "Clever Beatrice : an Upper Peninsula conte." New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2001.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Monthly Selections - #1 July 2001
    Ages 4-8. In this Northwoods tall tale, a sassy, intelligent child uses her wits to defeat a wealthy giant. Little Beatrice is smart, but her family is poor and they have just run out of food. Her mother tells her there are only two ways to make money in the region where they live: lumbering and wagering with the "rich giant who likes to gamble on his own strength." Beatrice sets off, and through lies and the power of suggestion, she convinces the giant of her superior strength and returns home with a bag of gold. The ending is weak, but the story is spiced with a singsong dialect and sparkles with the brash, good-humored improbability of the genre. It's the illustrations that are really unusual. Intriguing paint-and-paper collages show Beatrice's swagger and shining eyes, the sympathetic giant's oafish bumbling, and the richly textured, wooded landscape. This lively, beautifully illustrated book is a good choice for story hours. An author's note explains more about Canadian contes--the story's form. ((Reviewed July 2001))Copyright 2001 Booklist Reviews
  • Publishers Weekly Reviews : PW Reviews 2001 July #5
    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.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
  • Publishers Weekly Reviews : PW Reviews 2004 August #2
    "A winning tale of a spunky girl who matches her wits against a giant's brawn to save her family from destitution," wrote PW in a starred review. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
  • School Library Journal Reviews : SLJ Reviews 2001 October
    K-Gr 3-This tall tale from the north woods of Michigan recounts the exploits of a sassy and spirited but very poor little girl named Beatrice. She greets readers on the first page clad in a red dress and literally walks out of the illustration's frame in a way that indicates that she is clearly a heroine with whom to be reckoned. When the child asks her mother how she could earn money to improve their meager existence, her mother tells her about "A rich giant who loves to gamble on his own strength." Beatrice, to her mother's surprise, departs the next day in search of the well-heeled giant and, true to character, she brashly bets him 10 coins that she can "strike a blow harder than you." The none-too-bright man naturally laughs at the challenge by this wee girl, but agrees. After being outwitted in feats of strength no less than three times, the giant relinquishes the last of the treasure to the wily youngster whereupon Beatrice runs home, eager for her mother's warm embrace and heartfelt praise. Solomon does a commendable job of depicting the rough-hewn environs of Michigan's Upper Peninsula in evocative earth tones. Beatrice's character is particularly well rendered with her elfish yet beguiling visage. This tale is especially empowering to girls without being overtly feminist or didactic and will succeed with children because its foundation is fine storytelling.-Rosalyn Pierini, San Luis Obispo City-County Library, CA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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