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Yonie Wondernose Hardcover – October 7, 1955
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This story deservedly won a Caldecott Honor in 1945 for its excellent writing and fine storyline. de Angeli does a fine job capturing the exuberant immaturity of this likable child, drawing an appealing picture of a young person striving to overcome childish impulses and earn respect. It is especially wonderful that the prized reward has to do with his desire to attain to manhood: rather than seeking to gratify his immature desires, Yonie aspires to the respect and honor that is only given to the mature. His father's quiet pride and understated affirmation, following his near-heroic efforts to rescue the animals, are a prize worth gaining.
De Angeli captures a little of the flavor of Pennsylvania Dutch language along with many details of everyday life. Her characters are appealing, the family is warmly loving, and the story itself is full of excitement and danger. It will appeal to both boys and girls, but especially boys. It contains more prose than most picture books and is a perfect fit for children who are just transitioning into chapter books.
Yonie Wondernose is a charming book that, along with Marguerite De Angeli's other classics, deserves to be in every elementary school and public library. Award-winning De Angeli is both illustrator and author and her artwork introduced me to the world of the Amish, Mennonites and Quakers.
"Yonie" lets us peek into the world of a working farm where every family member, even seven year old Yonie, has responsibilities. But his "wondernose" often leads him to satisfy his curiosity before chores. One special night Yonnie faces new duties. Will his wondernose get the better of him, or will he earn new respect from Papa?