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Yonie Wondernose

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  210 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
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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Feb 17, 2017 Joann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good story about an important community of people in Pennsylvania history. This book preserves Pennsylvania farm heritage. Her illustrations are beautiful.
Mar 20, 2017 Catherine rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, juvenile
sweet story, nice illustrations
Mar 15, 2017 Cosette rated it it was amazing
A 7 year old boy is left responsible for the farm. Something happens -
Shanna Gonzalez
Jan 13, 2010 Shanna Gonzalez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-04-08
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
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
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
Oct 28, 2014 Crystal rated it liked it
At first glance from the book's front cover, I thought Yonie was a little girl. Oops, sorry Jonathan (Yonie). This was a fun story of a little boy who wants to be grownup and have grownup responsibilities, but like all little boys, gets distracted from his chores. At some points in the story, I was reminded of the funny dog from the movie "UP" who all of a sudden loses his focus and turns sharply to see something else (SQUIRREL!). I enjoyed the color illustrations from the book with my favorite ...more
Jul 09, 2014 SamZ rated it really liked it
Shelves: caldecott
Favorite Illustration: It's pretty tough to decide, but I do like the detail and peace in the black and white line drawings. The color ones seem to get a little fuzzy and don't have as much emotion.
Yonie is a little Amish boy who is curious about everything - a 'wondernose,' his family calls him. One day his parents leave on a short trip and Yonie is left at home to help his grandmother and little sister care for the farm. When a summer storm brews up, Yonie must fight his curiosity to rescue th
Apr 11, 2014 Beverly rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
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
May 24, 2016 Alexys added it
At first glance, I was interested in the book because it looked older (I wasn't wrong). Older books interest me most of the time, mostly because of the different styles that have been used even in the past 100 years. The writing in the book is old time sounding and that is very fun to read. On top of that, the pictures have a different style to them also. The illustrations seem pencil drawn and look very sketchy yet intricate. To make the illustrations even more interesting, most were black and ...more
Mar 14, 2015 Mitchell rated it really liked it
A bit wordy for a picture book. But this Caldecott Honor Award Winning story book holds up especially well given its age. Pretty much this is because it is absolutely concerned with a time and a place that is especially timeless, that is the Amish. The art is detailed black and whites with a few colored pages. Not fancy but rings true, and the little boy is a hard working hero, even if he clearly sees himself as totally distracted.
Dec 30, 2011 Lorna rated it liked it
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.
Apr 29, 2010 Beth rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
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.
Oct 28, 2008 Carolynne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
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.

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.
Feb 14, 2013 Paul rated it really liked it
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.
Dec 30, 2011 Mary rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 03, 2012 Marie rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult-etc
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 Hansen
Oct 22, 2013 Kristine Hansen rated it really liked it
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!
**** 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.
Nov 25, 2012 Jim rated it really liked it
Shelves: caldecott-honor
wonderful read and art about an amish boy becoming a man.

one negative, the families using butter to soothe burn pains
Jan 18, 2014 Haley rated it really liked it
Shelves: caldecott
This book is very enjoyable but does not necessarily teach right from wrong. However, the history of Amish people may be profitable to students.
Picture Book-Realistic Fiction
Katie Fitzgerald
Jul 23, 2012 Katie Fitzgerald rated it really liked it
Read for #nerdcott. Reviewed in Caldecott Challenge Post #45:
Jun 17, 2016 Liz rated it really liked it
Lovely story about responsibility and good insight into the Amish.
Amanda Funnell
Jan 11, 2014 Amanda Funnell rated it it was amazing
Shelves: caldecott
While a bit lengthy, this book had great illustrations and a great introduction to the Amish culture.
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?!
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Caldecott Honor 1945 - Wow - lots and lots of text. I would have edited this story down. Decent story - just long.
Florence Turnour
Very exciting!
Nov 16, 2012 Molly rated it it was ok
I thought the pictures were nice, but the story didn't capture my interest.
Interesting events in the life of young Amish boy.
Caldecott honor.
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