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Willa And The Wind

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  38 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Young Willa Rose Mariah McVale is bold, clever, and courageous. That's why she's brave enough to ask Old Windy, the north wind, to return the cornmeal that he stole. Old Windy might be mischievous, but he is also honorable. He gives Willa a magic hanky in place of the missing cornmeal. But Willa's troubles aren't over. Soon she meets an innkeeper who steals the magic hanky ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Cavendish Square Publishing
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Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Anyone who has read a lot of folktales will recognize in this story a retelling of an old Norwegian tale. Del Negro, a librarian, has retold it in a lively and colorful manner. I enjoyed the way she uses words ("his heart turned moldy with greed"). I can tell that she told this story orally before setting it down on paper. When I read it I felt compelled to read it aloud just for the sound of the words and the colorful images they convey. The illustrator, Heather Solomon, added to the text with ...more
Brittaney Reed
DelNegro,J.M.(2005)Willa and the wind. New York: Marshall Cavendish

"Willa and the Wind" retold by Janice M. Del Negro and illustrated by Heather Solomon is an original story based on a Norwegian Folktale. The story One summer the wind decided to take a holiday. The sun is hot and air dry and Willa must go and fetch the cornmeal . With a swish of air the wind playfully blows and steals the cornmeal . Angry Willa marches to the winds door but he does not give the cornmeal back instead he gives her
I love this story - it's similar to the better-known Tim O'Toole and the Wee Folk but (you may be pleased to hear) without the violence. (I have nothing against a little gratuitous violence, but some do and that's fine.)

When the wind steals her cornmeal, Willa marches right up to get it back. She doesn't... but she does get a magic handkerchief. (Pity for her the innkeeper stole it.) And when she marches up for a replacement, she doesn't get it... but she does get a magic goat. (Pity the innkeep
Willa and the Wind is retold from an old Norwegian folktale. The conversational tone and the brightly colored illustrations make the reader feel as if he or she is part of the story...or at the very least being present at a captivating live re-telling of the story. Willa and her sister appreciate the cool winds that bring them sustenance on the country farm. When the wind playfully steals Willa's cornmeal, she is hopping mad...mad enough to confront Old Windy. He presents her with magical, odd p ...more
Lively retelling! Del Negro is as fascinating to read as she is to listen to. The artwork is vivid and engaging for young readers.
Kristine Pratt
Based on a Norwegian folk tale, I liked this very American retelling of a girl who goes to the wind for justice and receives in return everything she needs to live her life - if there weren't thieves around ready to steal Willa's treasures.

I liked how her sister didn't believe a word she said. The illustrations and design of this book were absolutely perfect and made this a pleasure to read.
This was pretty amusing. I liked how assertive the main character was and I really enjoyed how she solved the problem and how the story resolved itself. It read like a tall tale though it was more of a folk tale in some regard.
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