- Age Range: 4 and up
- Publisher: Parkway Publishers INC (2011)
- ISBN-10: 1933251743
- ISBN-13: 978-1933251745
- Package Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,677,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Isabella Propeller and the Magic Beanie Hardcover – 2011
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.
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.
Isabella asked LuLu and Pops if she could keep it and they agreed. LuLu braided her hair, tied green bows on her braids, and soon gave her a new name. "I guess from now on, we'll have to call you Isabella Propeller." And so it was. Soon Isabella Propeller and her brother, Trip, and her cousin, Ginny, were getting ready to head to the Blowing Rock. There was a strange legend about an Indian brave who was carried by the wind, but of course that was nonsense, or was it? Trip didn't believe in such things. While preparations were being made, Pop took Isabella and Mullaby for a walk.
As Isabella sat waiting for Pops on a bench as he did an errand, a strange old woman sat beside her and put a red feather in her beanie. Isabella's blue eyes grew wide and she wanted to know how come the woman knew her name. "Because you are a friend of the winds ... and so am I." The "Wind Lady" mysteriously disappeared, almost as quickly as she had come. Blowing Rock was home to many secrets, including the one about the Indian brave. Would Isabella find out about them? Was there really magic in that little red feather?
This is a wondrous, magical story about Isabella and the Wind Keeper. Although Isabella is a modern-day girl, the entire story has the aura of a legend, one that a little blue-eyed girl holds deep in her heart. The story meshes an Indian legend with Isabella's, something done so masterfully I found it utterly charming. The artwork was delectably delightful, giving the work a fairytale-like quality. Gail Haley, the artist, has won both the Caldecott Medal and the Kate Greenaway for her work. The endpapers have a detailed map where children can visit and learn about Isabella's town. This tale is a little treasure in disguise, one you might wish to add to your list!
This book courtesy of the publisher.