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Yonie Wondernose

3.8  ·  Rating details ·  274 Ratings  ·  43 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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This is how you can tell children's attention span have changed. This is a long book with not a lot of pictures. It takes a kids focus to stay with the story. The kids lost interest in this and would get out of bed to get this or that. They couldn't connect to the story and there were too many words.

I thought the art was ok, nothing grand. The story was a good story and it was too long. Shorter can be more powerful. I thought Amish life was an interesting subject.

The kids laughed at the part whe
Oct 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: caldecott-honor
1945 Caldecott Honor

This is a very long story about a little Amish boy who is always curious and tries to prove himself worthy of being dependable to his pop.
It took about half an hour to read this out loud. These older books have so many words compared to the majority of picture books today. Whew. (I finally read it.)
Jul 09, 2014 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
Feb 17, 2017 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.
Nov 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
I thought the pictures were nice, but the story didn't capture my interest.
Cute little story of a boy becoming responsible.
Shanna Gonzalez
Jan 13, 2010 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 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
Apr 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pbf-general
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
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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
Maria Rowe
• 1945 Caldecott Honor Book •

A good story about an Amish boy whose parents go away and his father leaves him charge of the animals and a fire breaks out. The illustrations were good - a mix of black-and-white and color. I actually like the black-and-white drawings more because they have more energy and emotion and don’t feel as flat. This is a good book about growing up, and wanting to be taken more seriously, but it was just a little dull to me.

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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.
Apr 29, 2010 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 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 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 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.
An interesting look at Pennsylvania Dutch Amish culture in the 1940s. Though it does definitely pick up at the end however, this is a fairly long children's short story that isn't exactly chock-full of action. I think elementary-aged me would have found it boring.
Jan 03, 2012 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.
Katie Fitzgerald
This story about Yonie, who is very nosy, becomes very exciting when the barn catches on fire. I like that Yonie doesn’t overcome all his imperfections overnight, but that he is still able to become a hero and impress his father. I also enjoyed getting a glimpse into the Amish lifestyle.
Kristine Hansen
Oct 22, 2013 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!
Robert Davis
**** 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 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 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.
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Jun 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Lovely story about responsibility and good insight into the Amish.
Amanda S.
Jan 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: caldecott
While a bit lengthy, this book had great illustrations and a great introduction to the Amish culture.
Seema Rao
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
The adventures of a young Amish boy are related, alongside nice illustrations. This book is strangely compelling with its surprising details of Amish life.
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?!
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Marguerite de Angeli was an American writer and illustrator of children's books including the 1950 Newbery Award winning book The Door in the Wall. She wrote and illustrated twenty-eight of her own books, and illustrated more than three dozen books and numerous magazine stories and articles for other authors.