Margaret Willey's clever version of the classic brains vs. brawn yarn rises above and beyond the garden-variety fairy tale by virtue of Heather Solomon's stunning, unusual illustrations. Incorporating photo scraps of flowers and wood grain into her watercolor, oil, and acrylic paintings, Solomon creates richly textured visions of the upper peninsula of Michigan. Especially magical are the portrayals of men fishing, mining, and logging in the densely wooded northern landscape. We can only hope that this, Solomon's first venture into picture books, is just the beginning of a long, prolific career. (Ages 5 to 9) --Emilie Coulter
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I love having books with smart, brave, and strong girls as the heroines to give to my granddaughter, and this one was all of that as well as very entertaining.
A real hit!
I am a big fan of giving books as gifts and this book did not dissappoint. The story was simple, yet very eloquant - it is also very easy for children to understand. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Stacks
This picture book takes place in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, where a poor girl named Beatrice (poor, but very clever, or so everyone says) lives with her mother. Read morePublished on August 13, 2012 by Ohioan
What a great story for a little girl to read/be read to. Beatrice is able to use her brains to get gold to feed her mother and herself so they won't starve. Read morePublished on July 10, 2008 by Beth E. Settje