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Centerburg Tales: More Adventures of Homer Price Paperback – October 27, 1977
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It's not that the folks in Centerburg are especially nosy; it's that in a small town everyone seems to know everything. But Homer Price does know more about what's going on than anyone, because he's usually in the middle of things...
About the Author
Robert McCloskey (1914-2003) wrote and illustrated some of the most honored and enduring children's books ever published. He grew up in Hamilton, Ohio, and spent time in Boston, New York, and ultimately Maine, where he and his wife raised their two daughters. The first ever two-time Caldecott Medal winner, for Make Way for Ducklings and Time of Wonder, McCloskey was also awarded Caldecott Honors for Blueberries for Sal, One Morning in Maine, and Journey Cake, Ho! by Ruth Sawyer. He was declared a Living Legend by the Library of Congress in 2000. You can see some of his best-loved characters immortalized as statues in Boston's Public Garden and Lentil Park in Hamilton, Ohio.
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The video itself is definitely dated (mid-60s). However, it provided a nice wrap-up for the unit. The students commented on how closely the script followed the book, including the transition words.
The first two stories are examples of the tales told by the children's favorite story teller, the first a comical tale of barrel busting Indians (native Americans now) and the construction of a Rube Goldberg like device to satisfy their craving for thrills, spills, and barrel rides. This tale leads to a further depiction of strength which then leads to complications in maintaining a workable tale in having ice break when subjected to loaded wagon weight but no problem when the weight is supported but a man's back but the man is now supported by the formerly frangible ice so that a load can be transported. The explanation is part of the humor.
The second story is a showing of life and expecttions in that time period from a humorous level. The final three stories are further life adventures, mostly expectations versus outcomes, the fourth tale being an inheritance from which great expectations are held but outgo exceeds income, the fifth tale shows the townfolk being swindled due to their lack of knowledge of the story of the emperor's new clothes and the final story is just a tale common to everyone's knowledge, a tune is heard somewhere and the hearer can not seem to get it out of his head. The book ends here with the townspeople tired from their exertions caused by the tune and wary that the next time might have a different outcome. All stories are well told and should be enjoyed by all readers, no caveats.