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The Trolls by Polly Horvath
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Oct 14, 08

Recommended to Jill by: I Found It At the Library
Recommended for: Teachers, Adults and Children 9-12
Read in August, 2008, read count: once


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Please, May We Have More Beans?,

Aunt Sally came to stay with Melissa, Amanda and Pee Wee while their parents went to Paris. From the beginning, I wondered why she was the last resort, and Dad did not want to call his sister.

Was their dad upset with the way Aunt Sally taught the children to eat their green beans, using them as nose pickers, or walrus tusks? Was it because she told them stories of their dad's past, growing up in Canada?

Each night, the children would beg for green beans. Pee Wee built them into log cabins before eating them. And each night she would tell of the family history. Aunt Sally told them about Uncle Lewis who came for two weeks and stayed to six years. There was also a tale of Great Aunt Hatty and the mysterious man.

Along with Amanda, Melissa and Pee Wee, I loved Aunt Sally's storytelling, building a tree house, and teaching the children how to eat meatloaf by adding surprises. The children continued to wonder why their dad did not want her around.

Aunt Sally hinted that maybe their dad wasn't happy about the trolls.

Uncle Lewis told Aunt Sally's family that the reverend had gone through six wives. When he was finished with one, he would take her to the beach and leave her for the trolls. "That," said Aunt Sally, "is what happened to all six wives." Uncle Lewis also told about the neighbor's dog, which fell off the front porch. She was also taken to the beach and left for the trolls.

"Once the trolls get ahold of someone they will never come back."

Trolls by Polly Harvath became more and more interesting, as it built up to the conclusion.


Jill Ammon Vanderwood
author: Through the Rug
Through The Rug: Follow That Dog (Through the Rug)



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