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Yonie Wondernose

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Seven-year-old Yonie is a wondernose because he can't keep his nose out of anything and is always getting into trouble. When his parents go away overnight, he's left as the man of the house and promised a special reward if he can keep himself and the farm out of trouble. But that night a bad storm brings trouble--the kind that not even a full-grown man could handle easily....more
Hardcover, 45 pages
Published October 7th 1955 by Doubleday Books for Young Readers (first published 1944)
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This wordy picture book tells a sweet story of a young, easily distractable boy, who is trying his best to assume more grown-up responsibilities. He is supposed to be herding the cows, but then he chases after a squirrel to see where in the tree it is hiding. He needs to save the farm animals from the barn fire, but he wants to go see the shiny red fire engine. De Angeli's black and white ink drawings are very detailed and focused. The colorful paintings (watercolors?) are softer and more fuzzy-...more
A wonderful, exciting easy reader and Caldecott Honor Award book. Jonathan is a young Amish boy who is so interested in everything around him that he gets to school late and doesn't complete chores because he is stopping to look and watch the many things that intrigue him. His family teases him, calling him Yonnie Wondernose.

Mom and Pop must go away and Pop asks Yonnie to be a man and take care of the grown-up chores, including caring for the barn animals and getting all the water and wood that...more
Shanna Gonzalez
Yonie (short for Jonathan) is a seven-year-old Pennsylvania Dutch boy whose curiousity and distractability earns him the name "Yonie Wondernose." One day his parents leave him with his sister and grandmother to care for the farm overnight, and Yonie strives to prove that he is worthy of the responsibility entrusted to him. That night a fire breaks out in the barn, and he and his grandmother must rescue the animals (the family's livelihood) from the flames. Throughout the adventure, Yonie strives...more
It took me 3-4 nights to read this to my son because it was so long, but it had a good story. The book won a 1945 Caldecott Honor. It is the story about a 7 year old Amish boy named Jonathan, nicknamed Yonie Wondernose because he is so curious about everything. One day, his father and mother go on a trip and leave him in charge of the farm animals, with his Grandmother and little sister at home as well. Pop has promised him a surprise if he does well, so he tries his hardest but his curiosity so...more
**** Caldecott Honor (1945) ****

Story of an Amish boy who learns to act as a man when catastrophe strikes. Of course there is the ubiquitous reference to the almighty, as was usual with most stories of this period. But, at least the author doesn't hit you over the head with the bible.
Haley Neidig
This book is very enjoyable but does not necessarily teach right from wrong. However, the history of Amish people may be profitable to students.
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7 year old Yoni lives in Lancaster County, PA. His real name is Jonathan, but his pop calls him Yonie Wondernose as he is a curious boy. When his pop leaves he tells him to look after the animals, especially Dunder the red bull. Granny gets locked in the chicken house and soon after there is a fire. Yoni helps save the animals and his pop gives him a pig of his choice as a reward.
There's lots of reading and almost 1/2 the page is illustrated. There are seven full color and page illustrations.
Marguerite deAngeli's luminous paintings won a Caldecott Honor for this book, but the text is lovely too. Yonie (short for Jonathan) is a curious seven year old (today he would be diagnosed with ADD) who keeps getting himself into trouble on his family's farm. Finally when his father leaves him in charge for the day when he is gone, Yonie has the opportunity to prove himself, only to be faced with a terrible disaster. This edition has an introductory note by the author's son.

1945 Caldecott Honor

Favorite illustration: A smiling Yonie on his horse at the end of the book.

Favorite line: From the grandmother on being trapped in the hen house: "Hot as sevenin a bed it was in there!"

Kid-appeal: Probably depends on the child. The text is quite long, but I think Yonie's story of a distractable kid, trying desperately to be helpful will resonate with children, plus the ending is rather exciting.
Yonie, a Pennsylvania dutch boy is curious and earns the nickname Wondernose. He learns to be trustworthy when his parents leave him in charge of the farm. His biggest challenge is when the barn catches fire.

Through not only dutch traditions but also the dutch accent the reader is acquainted with another lifestyle and culture. Ink drawings are folksy and beautiful with some full color pages.
Amanda Funnell
While a bit lengthy, this book had great illustrations and a great introduction to the Amish culture.
The author really did an outstanding job capturing the accent of the Pennsylvania Amish. Yonie is called "wondernose" due to his insatiable curiosity which often leads him to forget what he should be doing. But when Pa and Ma leave for an overnight visit, he must prove that he can concentrate on his tasks in order to win Pa's approval.
This is a great story about an Amish farming family that will especially appeal to boys - plenty of drama that touches on the inner drive (and anxiety about what it will take) to grow up and be a man. The illustrations aren't that compelling, but they keep up with and help carry the story, so they are adequate.
Yonie is a little Amish boy who longs prove that he can be trusted like a man, but ach, his wondernose (curiosity) keeps getting him into trouble! This is just darling. De Angeli had great respect for the plain people and it shows. The illustrations are spectacular.
Kristine Pratt
Yonie is such a Wondernose - always getting distracted when there's work to do. When his parents go away, Yonie (who probably would have been diagnosed ADHD in more modern times) has to get his act together if he's going to save the farm!
Anna Zbacnik
One of the first times I have liked the story more than the pictures, and I thought the story was so-so and predictable. Is it just me, or does Yonie look like a girl?!
A picture book that could double nicely as an early reader (it's text heavy). Great story about a young Amish boy learning responsibility and reaping the rewards.
wonderful read and art about an amish boy becoming a man.

one negative, the families using butter to soothe burn pains
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Caldecott Honor 1945 - Wow - lots and lots of text. I would have edited this story down. Decent story - just long.
1945 Caldecott Honor

This is a great story for families and for kids growing up. Cute. (Amish characters)
I thought the pictures were nice, but the story didn't capture my interest.
Very nice story, and the color illustrations are very charming.
Interesting events in the life of young Amish boy.
Caldecott honor.
1945 Caldecott Honor

I loved his curiosity.
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