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Clever Beatrice and the Best Little Pony

Clever Beatrice and the Best Little Pony

Fall 2004 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Margaret Willey
Illustrator: Heather Solomon
ISBN: 0689853394
Hardcover Price: $16.95
Clever Beatrice is back: this time to solve the mystery of why every morning when she goes to her beloved pony he is streaked with mud and flecked with burrs. In proper folktale fashion, Beatrice’s mother sends her off, again and again, to ask the advice of the village baker. Young readers will quickly recognize the humor in Monsieur Le Pain’s “advice” and chuckle as Beatrice proves to be both clever and determined in solving the problem herself. From the autumnal endpapers (an aerial view of the village lazily bisected by a translucent blue river) to cleverly designed double page spreads (at one point, a door opens through the gutter and Beatrice appears to move from the exterior to the interior of the baker’s shop), young readers will find lots to pour over and enjoy: expressive illustrations, a feisty heroine, and a folkloric backbone.
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard   ©2004 Parents' Choice
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard is the Coordinator of Youth Services for the Arlington Public Library system. She has taught courses on children’s and young adult literature at the Catholic University of America and the University of Virginia. She has served on both the Newbery and Caldecott Award Committees of the American Library Association and has chaired the Notable Children’s Recordings Committee and the May Hill Arbuthnot Award Committee. She is a member and past president of the Children’s Book Guild of Washington DC and has chaired the Washington Post–Book Guild Nonfiction Award Committee. She is a founding member of Capitol Choices, an organization of professionals in the field of children’s literature in the greater Washington DC area. She regularly reviews children’s literature and audio productions for a variety of national publications.

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