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The Just-So Woman (I Can Read Book 3) Hardcover – November 7, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Series: I Can Read Book 3
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (November 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060577274
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060577278
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,103,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2–In a time before electricity, the Just-So Woman lives on a farm and encounters a number of stumbling blocks during a typical day. She has no butter for her morning bread, the stool is broken so she can't milk the cow, her cat licks the spoon she is using, and she is out of soap for washing. Since everything in her life must be just-so, she ends up eating nothing until suppertime, when her neighbor, the Any-Way Man, convinces her to simply enjoy her bread without butter, dipped in tea. The writing in this beginning reader is as uninteresting as the Just-So Woman's day. She feeds the cat. She feeds the cows and chickens. Then she fixes her breakfast. She brews some mint tea. She cuts a thick slice of bread. But there is not a bit of butter. The illustrations, which appear to be done in watercolors, capture the era and add some charm, but overall the Just-So Woman's story is just so-so.–Melinda Piehler, Sawgrass Elementary School, Sunrise, FL
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With a mix of mayhem and hands-on facts about daily work, this I Can Read! book tells a lively story of farm life before electricity came. The Just-So Woman is neat and orderly, but when she runs out of butter, soap, and other things, she asks her messy neighbor, the Any-Way Man, for help. He finds a bullet mold, not a butter mold, then shows her that bread doesn't always need butter; it's delicious when it's dunked in tea. The farm woman's exclamations are fun ("Oh, drat!" "Oh, applesauce"), and Manning's colorful cartoon-style pictures show the silly slapstick mess close-up, including a smug cat, a glaring cow, and a nest of mice in the Just-So Woman's hat. Hazel Rochman
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kurt A. Johnson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 28, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The Just-So Woman likes to keep her life neat and orderly. But, when things start to go wrong, she finds herself thrown together with Any-Way Man, who definitely does NOT keep his life neat and orderly. Along the way, she learns that there are different ways of doing things, and they are OK too!

This is a nice book. The author set out to give the reader a taste of what life was like before electricity, and he succeeds admirably. The story itself is quite charming, and just the right reading level for my six-year-old, while the illustrations are fun and complement the story very well. My little reader and I both liked this book, and highly recommend it!
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By J. Nusz VINE VOICE on December 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The Just-So Woman must have everything just right; nothing can be out of order or untidy. So, when Just-So Woman has a bad day, she must learn to deal with the problems that arise. Any-Way Man is just the opposite of Just-So Woman, untidy and unorganized, yet much, much happier.

Author Gary Blackwood has done an outstanding job of writing an interesting book for young readers. THE JUST-SO WOMAN teachers young readers that sometimes it is okay if everything is not `just so.' THE JUST-SO WOMAN also gives young readers a taste of what life might have been like in the past, when the things that were needed could not just be purchased from a store, but had to be made.

THE JUST-SO WOMAN is a delightful tale, sure to entice children to read more. Written with perfectly understandable language just right for emergent readers, THE JUST-SO WOMAN is informative and a good addition to the I Can Read! collection.
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More About the Author

Gary L. Blackwood sold his first story when he was nineteen, and has been writing and publishing stories, articles, plays, novels, and nonfiction books regularly ever since. His stage plays have won awards and been produced in university and regional theatre. Nonfiction subjects he's covered include biography, history, and paranormal phenomena. His juvenile novels, which include WILD TIMOTHY, THE DYING SUN, and THE SHAKESPEARE STEALER, are set in a wide range of times and places, from Elizabethan England to a parallel universe. Several have received special recognition and been translated into other languages. He lives near Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia.