on February 21, 2014
Hetty is sent down the road to buy eggs for breakfast from Mr. Birdie's Emporium and Dry Goods Store. It is the first time by herself.
"Down the road, one and two, eggs for breakfast, how-de-do"
On the way home, she trips over a rock but even though the eggs spill from her basket they do not smash. However, when she decides to pick some nice juicy apples for the family, from the wild apple tree, all the eggs tip out of her basket and smash on the ground. So upset, she climbs the tree as she does not want to go home and tell Papa and Mama that there will be no eggs for breakfast.
There is such a sweetness in this story as Papa comes along, finds her and instead of yelling at her, joins her in the tree to eat apples. Then Mama comes along looking for them both and also joins them in the tree. No eggs for breakfast? No worries! They enjoy apple pie instead.
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. This is an excellent story to demonstrate to children how to be versatile and make use of what you do have, not complaining about what you do not.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED from our house to yours!
on August 27, 2012
Well, the title says it all. One of my favorite lines is Hetty jingling the money in her pocket and saying ...this must be what it feels like to be grown up-- to have money in your pocket and be walking down the road...
I'm a librarian and when I read this to kindergarten through third grade they are all hushed when Hetty drops the eggs. I mean, this is her first big trip to the store alone, and she has begged to go. And Papa has gone out on a limb for her and told Mama that she was big enough to go by herself, absolutely.
The watercolors by E.B. Lewis are magnificent. The best one of all is Papa standing at the bottom of the tree looking up at Hetty as if he were angry. The reader really doesn't know what will happen. Forgiveness happens. It's wonderful. Please read it to all the young children you know.
on March 23, 2015
This is one of the best children's books I have read. My children are captured by Hetty as she proudly goes to the store by herself, they fully understand the gravity and importance of this trip. And when the eggs break, well, I think they would like to climb into a tree and hide too. But the best part of the story is the grace shown by Hetty's mom and dad. It's beautiful. The illustrations are beautiful too. I often tear up reading this book to my kids. Love, love.