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Hattie and the Wild Waves: A Story From Brooklyn (Picture Puffins) Paperback – July 1, 1993

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From Publishers Weekly

Readers have come to expect a great deal from this talented Caldecott Medalist ( Ox-Cart Man ; Miss Rumphius ). Even her most demanding fans will be captivated by the richly detailed paintings that illustrate this heartwarming narrative. Based on her mother's childhood, this somewhat autobiographical account glows with the rich traditions of familial love. Hattie, whose parents came to this country from Germany, lives in Brooklyn during the winter months, and spends the summers in Far Rockaway--in a glorious, sprawling house surrounded by water. But wherever she is, Hattie wants to spend all of her time painting. With the passing years, as Hattie's father becomes wealthier and her surroundings grow even more luxurious, her dream of being an artist becomes increasingly important to her. And, as a young woman, she does what she did as a girl: she listens to the surf crashing onto the Brooklyn shore. " ' You will make beautiful, beautiful pictures ,' said the wild waves." Cooney's lucid, poetic text and striking artwork evoke both the simplicity and the elegance of a bygone era. Ages 3-8.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Grade 1-3-- A little girl recounts the story of her family's life in Brooklyn at the beginning of the century. Her prosperous father builds houses so they can afford to vacation on Coney Island and Long Island, where her imagination blooms. She wishes with the waves and decides to pursue her love of drawing and become an artist when she grows up. Hattie's large extended family gathers for Sunday dinners and holidays, and Cooney fills her graceful prose with details of their daily lives: what they ate, the composition of the furniture, the snippets of German dialect. Her stately paintings, whose landscapes and figures call to mind Miss Rumphius (Penguin, 1982), illuminate these details with warmth and rich tones. While old-fashioned life in a rich household may be foreign to most readers, a child's dream, like Hattie's, is a universal one. The fairly lengthy text and follow-your-calling theme are leavened by Cooney's humorous touches and luminous full-page paintings. The nostalgic mood and subject lend themselves fully to the study of family history, immigration, or a unit on New York. Ornamental endpages like stained glass portend the elegance of Hattie's world. --Marianne Pilla, formerly at Upper Dublin Public Library, Dresher, PA
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Lexile Measure: 730L (What's this?)
  • Series: Picture Puffins
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Reprint edition (July 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140541934
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140541939
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,074,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on March 15, 2000
Format: School & Library Binding
I am a huge fan of Barbara Cooney, whose illustrations and words have made me want to travel like Miss Rumphius, live by the sea like Hattie, and read more biographies because of Eleanor(a role model of mine). Hattie and the Wild Waves tells of a little girlk whose wealthy family moves from seaside house to seaside house, each time with more passion from Hattie on her love for the sea. From her big sister's wedding to the pink card that tells her fortune, Hattie and her ambitious spirit will capture your heart, and the beautiful illustrations will capture your admiration. Read it. You will love it.
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Format: Paperback
Hattie grows up in growing New York City, creating, participating with her wealthy family and occasionally talking about what she will do with her life. She accepts the changes her father goes through that affects her and she does her best with them.
Finally, one day she makes her big announcement that she will become a painter. Thankfully, her family is happy with her choice and compares her to her famous painting grandfather, but Hattie is able to tell that she will be, "a painter like Me." My daughter appreciates the message that this creative, painting girl grows up to do what her heart tells her to do, in the way she plans.
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We had to finally buy this book, because I had simply borrowed it from the library too many times! Hattie who is from a well to do German immigrant family has a mind of her own. While her sister excels at all the correct things such as needlepoint and piano, Hattie has no interest and is off drawing pictures. She looks to the ocean, her lifelong friend, for reassurance that she is choosing the correct path. From the wonderful German traditions and occasional word to the detailed pictures of life at the turn of the century, Barbara Cooney has written a true joy to read.
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Bought it for the illustrations. I have bought and read other books of hers that give a little detail what medium she used. It was not in this . I wish it was. I really like to know what people use to make their illustrations. I just wish I had grandchildren to share this book with!
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