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Kindergarten-Grade 4–The self-sufficient star of Clever Beatrice (Atheneum, 2001) returns in another folktale from the French-Canadian tradition. This time, the girl outsmarts a lutin, described as a little bearded man from the old country who acts and looks a bit like a leprechaun. Every morning, Beatrice finds that her beloved pony is dripping with sweat, covered in burrs, and exhausted, and surmises that someone must be riding him at night. She consults the town baker, Monsieur Le Pain, who is also the expert on "things not easily explained." While he ponders how to help her, Beatrice figures out on her own how to handle the lutin. This well-told story about a strong and smart heroine will appeal to kids. The illustrations add beautifully to the narrative. Solomon combines watercolors, acrylics, oils, and collage in palettes of gold, brown, and other earth tones to evoke the north woods setting. Willey includes a helpful note about lutins that will spark even more conversation about the tale.–Linda M. Kenton, San Rafael Public Library, CA
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K-Gr. 2. When young Beatrice finds evidence that her beloved pony is being ridden hard at night and left in a terrible state, she seeks advice from Monsieur Le Pain, the baker from Quebec who is known as "the village expert on things not easily explained." He correctly suspects that the culprit is a lutin (a small, elflike creature) and agrees to help her. But it is Beatrice who discovers the troublemaker, confronts him, and catches him. This entertaining sequel to Clever Beatrice (2002) tells a well-crafted, smoothly written story and features a determined heroine. Solomon's often dramatic illustrations use watercolors, acrylics, and oil paints with elements of collage to create a series of quirky scenes that interpret the story with energy and originality. The attractive, maplike endpapers lay out the setting in an agreeable manner that allows children to trace the action. An entertaining picture book, well suited to reading aloud. Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 750L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689853394
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689853395
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,753,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Margaret Willey grew up in a lakeside town in Michigan, the eldest daughter in a family of eleven children. Reading stories and poems to her younger brothers and sisters led her to a life of writing stories and poems for young readers. She is the author of many young adult novels, most recently BEETLE BOY (Carolrhoda Lab, 2014) as well as FOUR SECRETS (Carolrhoda Lab 2012). She has also written picture books with an emphasis on folktales. She is the author of the CLEVER BEATRICE series, as well as THE 3 BEARS AND GOLDILOCKS (Atheneum 2008). She has received many honors for her books, including The Charlotte Zolotow Award and the Anne Izard Storytellers Choice Award. In 2010 she was given the GWEN FROSTIC AWARD from the Michigan Reading Association, an award for impacting literacy in her state. She continues to write for both teens and younger readers. Her novel BEETLE BOY was a 2014 IndieFab Finalist and an Honor Book in the category of Children's Fiction from the Society of Midland Authors. Find out more about Margaret at www.margaretwilley.com

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Toodles on December 22, 2012
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Wonderful illustrations - nice bright colors and good quality paper. The story was a nice read to children perhaps 4-6 years old. It is a story about a clever little girl that is able to use her wits to outsmart a mischievious troll. No lasting impressions, no particular warm fuzzy feeling - a nice read but most likely not going to make the list of the one the most favorite, or lasting childhood reading memories.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Beth Settje VINE VOICE on July 15, 2009
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What a great story to show girls how thinking can get them far in life. This version of an old tale has the twist of a little girl in the hero role. It is written well, delightful pictures, and Beatrice is rewarded for her cleverness, yet she is never seen as arrogant or entitled. Recommend for 4/5 and up.
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Margaret Willey has the ultimate fan in my 3 year old granddaughter (Beatrice). We all love the stories, the lessons and the beautiful artwork.
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By Jenn on February 2, 2014
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My kids (the boys and the girl) and I all really liked this story. Engaging, easy to read, and unique. Great kids book.
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