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Clever Beatrice by Margaret Willey
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Oct 15, 11

bookshelves: children-s-literature
Read from October 15 to 16, 2011

Genre: Folklore
Awards: 2002 Charlotte Zolotow Award
Age Group: Nursery - Primary

Summary: After hearing that her family had eaten the last of their food, clever Beatrice comes up with a way to make some money. She challenges a giant to several physical challenges that the giant obviously believes he is capable of winning. Each time, Beatrice finds a way to outwit the giant without even having to engage in physical activity. In the end, Beatrice comes home with a large pouch of silver coins and a great sense of satisfaction.

Evaluation: I gave this book five stars because I loved the idea that a young girl was smart enough to outwit a giant on numerous occasions. It left me with a real sense of girl power. The artwork combined impressionistic and realistic styles. The characters were painted in an impressionistic style but small elements like flowers and wood were very realistic and detailed. The artist used a very muted color palate with the exception of the color red, most vibrant in the dress Beatrice wears. Even the endpages are decorates with a map of the Northern United States where Beatrice and the giant reside. The quality of the artwork in this book greatly enhances the storyline.
This book is an example of a fairy tale and meets the criteria of having mythical creatures (the giant) and a simple plot where intelligence and good prevail. Even small children will enjoy this story because there are no scary plot elements.
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