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Isabella Propeller and the Magic Beanie Hardcover – 2011
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Isabella is an adventuresome little girl who lives in the mountain village of Blowing Rock. Her imagination stirred by the legend of the Blowing Rock, and by the unusual wind patterns in the village, Isabella has always dreamed of flying high above the mountains which are her home. To her amazement and joy, with the help of her magic beanie, Isabella's dream comes true.
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Such a delightful story and to be able to wear the hat that Isabella wears in the book...GREAT!!! I would recommend this for any child...
I believe there are more stories coming out by this author and I look forward to purchasing them when they are available.
Full of local lore and a fictionalized version of the real mountain village of Blowing Rock, North Carolina, the story appeals to both kids and parents alike. Isabella, her dog Mullaby, her brother Trip, and her cousin Ginny have a splendid adventure in the mountains around Blowing Rock. When one of them is in danger, can Isabella muster the courage to rescue them?
The hand-drawn color illustrations closely follow the story and add visual interest that will draw a child into the story. There's enough suspense to hold a child's interest, but the story never gets too scary. One really nice touch was the large artistic map of the story's version of the village of Blowing Rock on the inside cover and frontispiece of the book. Each building and place is labeled with its name. Since every building and place did not come into play in this story, it makes me think there may be another book coming about Isabella and her friends in Blowing Rock.
Note: I was given a copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Children are sure to be enchanted by this picture book which will most certainly light a fervent spark of imagination. Illustrations by Gail Haley are a wonderful addition to this delectable literary treat.
Isabella and her dog Mullaby are playing "dress up" in Isabella's grandparent's attic - a not uncommon thing for small children to do, when a gust of wind blows the window open scattering stuff here and there. They discover one of those old beanie hats that were so common back in the 1950s (Hey, I had several of them and I wore them proudly). Later that day Isabella and Mullaby accompany Pop and grandma ton a picnic to Blowing Rock, a place surrounded by legend.
On their way through town Isabella meets an old woman - obviously an Old Native American woman and they talk. Isabella is told she "is a friend of the winds...and so am I," states the old woman. The Wind Lady touches Isabella's hat and givers here a red feather. And so the magic of the legend begins. The fantasy of flight; a fantasy all small children and many adults share now becomes a part of this wonderful little story.
Adventure? Yes, most certainly, but not bone chilling adventures - only exciting and I must say rather beautiful. A Red-tailed Hawk plays a prominent role in this story along with the Wind Lady. Is it real? Is it the overly active imagination of a child?
Who really knows...who really cares? This is simply a good story which has been very well told.
The art work in this one has been wonderfully executed by Gail E. Haley, a winner of both the Caldecott Medal and the Kate Greenaway Medal in the U.K. And rightfully so - she is a wonderful artist who creates stunning illustrations which are extremely pleasing to the eye.
This story is well written, very understandable and moves at a pace that allows it to be savored while at the same time never bogs down. It will keep a child interested from cover to cover. The illustrations fit the text quite well and like all good illustrations in children's books,
This is a very well done work and is perfect for a one on one read.
This book received via courtesy of the publisher.