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Kindergarten-Grade 3-Willard's lyrical tale is a delightful love story of a lonely man and the magical red broom he finds languishing in the corner of the supermarket. When the "sweepwalking" broom starts to dance alone at night, she attracts the attention of a stranger who steals her and tries to force her to dance for a paying crowd, then tosses her into the river when she is uncooperative. Alerted to her fate by a fortune-teller, the man rescues her and brings her home. But the broom is no longer happy in a house, and when he releases her, she leaps into the sky to sweep away the clouds, polish the rainbows, and tidy up the stars. GrandPré's oil-wash and colored-pencil artwork is as tender and expressive as the story. Small details convey how very precious this wonderful broom is to the man. The vivid illustrations sweep delicately across the page, depicting the beauty of the natural landscape and open skies. In this modern tale of chivalry, the man loves the broom so much that he sets her free, to find happiness working at Mother Nature's tasks.-Jane Barrer, Washington Square Village Creative Steps, New York City
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PreS-K. "There was once a man who fell in love with a broom. The broom stood all alone at the end of an aisle, between the mayonnaise and the frozen foods. Her broomstraws were as red as if she's swept up a sunset." The man takes the broom home, and he dances with her, until a dark stranger kidnaps her and throws her into the river. Then the man rescues her, and he sets her free to sweep the stars. With joyful magical realism, the simple words root the story in the ordinary, and the lively oil wash and colored-pencil pictures show the coziness and the adventure in a folklore style. Preschoolers will enjoy the blend of the commonplace and the wild. Hazel Rochman
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