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The Maggie B Hardcover – September 1, 1975

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About the Author

Irene Haas is an outstanding artist who has written and illustrated a number of children's books, including The Maggie B., Little Moon Theater, and A Summertime Song, which Horn Book called "a sumptuous production." Ms. Haas lives in New York City.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books; 1st edition (September 1, 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689500211
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689500213
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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56 of 56 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on February 15, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I'm a scrupulous picture book reviewer. A person can't go around giving EVERY good picture book five stars just because it's enjoyable. When I review a book for younger children I like to point out its unique qualities. It's artistic originality. It's simple but brilliant storytelling. And then you read something like "The Maggie B." and it all goes flying out the window. "The Maggie B." is not particularly original. Its art, while charming, will not bowl you over with its fantastical use of line and color. It's story is told well, but simple. And yet I would be a hard-hearted grinch if I gave this book anything less than the five stars it so richly deserves.

The plot of this story is summed up by the Library of Congress like so: "A little girl's wish to sail for a day on a boat named for her `with someone nice for company' comes true". Maggie's little brother is that "someone nice" and the two of them spend the day on their little boat living the sea life. The boat is fully equipped with an apple, peach and orange tree bearing fruit (and a beautiful toucan). There is an abundance of fresh eggs and milk to be had from various chickens and the goat. Maggie herself fishes and serves up sumptuous meals of lobster and peaches with cinnamon and honey for dessert. The day is simple and homey, the only real source of concern a thunderstorm that crashes and booms towards the end of the day. Even then, Maggie thoughtfully battens down the hatches and plays her fiddle to her brother, tucked snugly in his bed.

There are only a few books that convey "comfort" well. Tasha Tudor's books do to some degree, as does the occasional Steven Kellogg. But this book tops them all.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By solarpluvia on April 17, 2001
Format: Hardcover
At the vast age of 25, I still have several of my childhood books. This is one of them, and it would be the last one that I would give up. The Maggie B taught me the art of imagination and the power it has in life. I have taken it with me everywhere, even to the college dorms, so that I could read it when I needed to get away. It teaches responibility and the need for self-reliance. I love this book.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 8, 1999
Format: Hardcover
It has been at least 20 years since I read this book...And in my memory has remained my most favorite childhood book. I must have read it over one hundred times...it truly captivated me... I dreamed of being Maggie and having her responsibilities- they seemed so adult yet so much fun! My one and only disappointment with this book is that in the paperback I have, every other page is in black and white. And Irene Haas' beautiful water colors are the main reason I returned to The Maggie B. over and over again. I'm wondering if the hardcover is different or newer copies are different...I'm expecting my first child, and if it's a girl I will definately be reading this to her!!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. Padilla on October 11, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Lately I've been dreaming of getting away, finding magic, drinking tea and playing house - outside of my daily responsibilities. I realized that this fantasy was first instilled in me by the Maggie B. I've never seen it on my nieces' shelves and I wondered if it was even in print. Clicking onto Amazon and seeing the color illustration of the cover brought the whole book back to me, especially of Maggie, cooking for James aboard their floating home. And that is where I long to be. That is my fantasy.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nandy on October 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
While I've always loved Irene Haas's beautiful illustrations (I saw them in person at a children's book workshop when the book orginally came out-they were even better in real life), I don't think the production values on this book have been held over the years. If you get a good copy of an early printing, it may still have the clear colors it should have. But I recently bought one from the tenth printing and, sadly, the interior colors were muddy while the jacket was overly forced into brightness on a strange stock.

I still love the story-not too scary and has a gentle, soothing ending which is perfect for bedtime. If you're not a picky person in book production, like me, it will still be one of your favorites.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sheila M. Graham on August 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I have wanted to buy this book as a keepsake for both of my children, since I read it to them when they were very small. I worked for the State Library of Florida, and had the most special opportunity to read this when I was asked by the Children's Consultant, to give my opinion, by taking it home to read to my son and daughter. The imagination of Irene Haas, along with her beautiful illustrations, captured all of our hearts and minds. We believed we were on the boat with Margarent Barnstable, and her brother James. The little songs, gave me further enjoyment with my chidren. Now that both of them are married, and in the future, hopefully having children, I wanted them to be able to share this truly "enchanting" book with them.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I'm now 24 years old and can still remember the dream. My mother would read this book to me almost every night.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Emma on August 20, 2006
Format: Hardcover
So much is done for kids these days. The toys talk to them, even some books do. They lead very passive lives. This book is about a child and her imagination and the sea voyage she dreams of one evening. It is a great story complimented well by great illustrations and is sure to enccourage your child to dream "in color." Also, with the songs, it makes an excellent read aloud book.
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