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Precious and the Boo Hag by Patricia C. McKissack
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Jul 19, 08

bookshelves: kids, monarch2009, picturebook, storytelling, strongfemalecharacters
Read in July, 2008

Precious was up all night with a stomach ache, but the rest of the family can't take off work, so she has to stay home all alone for the day. Clearly feeling better, Precious is enjoying her day alone although she's a little worried because her brother warned her about Pruella the Boo Hag. Sure enough Pruella comes to call, but Precious manages to outsmart her each time. Kyrsten Brooker's illustrations are done in collage and oil paints with browns and blues dominating. The two page spreads are done in two different styles. The first style has spot illustrations on the page with text and a facing full page illustration in a wooden frame. The second style has the illustration covering both facing pages with no framing. The folk-style compositions match the folk-tale like feeling although since there's no notes, I assume this is an original tale. This would work quite well as a read-aloud with Precious' recurring song.
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