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Hurry, Hurry, Mary Dear Paperback – September 6, 2004

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From Publishers Weekly

Blegvad wittily refreshes his late friend and collaborator's waggish poem about a hardworking, much-put-upon wife and her hortatory husband with this masterfully illustrated edition. As he mentions in a foreword, Blegvad models his Mary on the pen-and-ink version drawn by Bodecker himself in his nonsense collection Hurry, Hurry, Mary Dear! (reissued in 1987 and still in print); Blegvad, however, works in watercolors, splendidly reproduced here with a limpid clarity. The heroine, Mary, is a reedy woman. Her nose has a shape that would not be out of place on a snowman, and her white hair is tucked tidily into a bun?at least as the verse begins. Her husband delivers all the lines: "Not a minute to be lost,/ in a minute we get frost!/ In an hour we get snow!/ Drifts like houses! Ten below!" He puts Mary through her (nonstop) paces as the rhythms escalate: "Churn the butter, smoke the hams,/ Can tomatoes, put up jams." In the company of a black cat, Mary toils inside and outside her well-appointed home, oiling snowshoes, stoking fires, attending to sometimes ludicrous tasks (she "strings the beans" by hanging them on a clothesline). With each pause in the verse, Mary sags, her hair unraveling, her shoulders stooping, but she rallies with each new volley of rhyme. Of course, the husband, lolling in a rocking chair, gets his due in the end; what readers get is an absolute treat, two consummate artists making the most of a good joke. Ages 7-up.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 4-In one of the poet's best-known nonsensical rhymes, indefatigable Mary, a slight but steady old woman, rushes about preparing the household for winter, inside and out, while her idle husband sits by and fusses about the changing season. As she toils, her wispy white hair escapes from its bun and her ire rises until she reaches the end of her rope and retaliates. Blegvad has taken the poem and turned it into a charming picture book in loving tribute to his poet friend. Using Bodecker's own clever, expressive line drawings [see Hurry, Hurry, Mary Dear! And Other Nonsense Poems (McElderry, 1976)] as the basis for his illustrations, the artist has enlarged each one to a full-page watercolor painting, adding several scenes and lots of endearing details, including a ubiquitous black cat. A visual and whimsical delight.
Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's (September 6, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689861222
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689861222
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 8.7 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,654,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
The illistrations are delightful, with much detail. There is almost a second story line in the antics of the small black cat found on most of the pages -- very nice when reading to kids; it allows them to make up a story of their own to go along with the main story. The humor in the story line is great for grown-ups, but I'm not sure all kids would understand the punchline on the last page. It's a fun story even if the last bit has to be explained, though!
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This is a charming story of a country wife getting ready for winter while her lazy husband gives lots of instructions, but does no work. Don't worry, she gets him back in a very humorous way at the end of the book. Easy to read, nice rhyming pattern and wonderful illustrations. A fun book to be read over and over again. A favorite in our house.
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The preparations for the coming winter are much more interesting than the tale of the hard-working New England lady and her couch potato husband because my husband and I just moved to a state that has SEASONS (MY husband works with me for the seasonal prep.) I just LOVE THIS BOOK!
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This is one of my favorite fall books. The pictures and rhyming verses are adorable, and my children and I always look for the black kitty on each page. I have actually purchased two - one to keep and one to give away.
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The illustrations are beautiful and entertaining, look for the cat in the illustrations, and the rhyme is easy to remember. My daughter loves this book. I get it out every fall to help me organize for winter, as the first cool winds start to blow out of the north.
This book is an entertaining and fun way to get ready for the dark winter months.
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The first time I read this I was sure that Norman Rockwell had secretly done the illustrations under a pseudonym(not really, but it sure felt like it)! I suddenly had a strong desire to visit Vermont or New Hampshire in Autumn. And the poetry reminded me a bit of Robert Frost, another American original. I wish more parents would read books like this to their children(exposing them to such beautiful art and poetry) instead of the cookie-cutter and contrived picture books we see so common among us today! The twist at the end will make you smile long after you have put the book down.
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