Clever Beatrice (Clever Beatrice)
"Good afternoon, Mister Giant, Sir. I have come to make a bet with you."
Can a very little girl beat a very large giant in feats of strength? That's what clever Beatrice bets on when she marches through the north woods to the home of the giant, hoping to win some of his gold to help her mother buy porr...more
Format: Picture Book
Awards: ALA Notable Books for Children (2002), Charlotte Zolotow Award (2002), Horn Book Fanfare (2002)
In this “Upper Peninsula Conte,” a young heroine outsmarts a giant, conning him out of his fortune, in a quintessential brains vs. brawn tale. The author’s note on the opening pages offers an introduction into the history and traditions relating to the story, noting her choice to make the protagonist a “clever, persis ...more
Author: Margaret Willey
Illustrator: (Heather Solomon)
Genre: European Folktale
Theme(s): Family, Cleverness
Opening line/sentence: Sure, she was little, but Beatrice loved riddles and tricks and she could think fast on her feet.
Brief Book Summary: Beatrice and her mother have run out of money to buy food. Beatrice, being the clever girl she is, heads out to challenge a giant to gamble on feats of strength. On three different occasions Beatrice outwits the giant and earns money ...more
Author: Margret Wiley
Illustrator: Heather Solomon
Type of Book (format and literary genre): Picture Book/ Fiction
Awards the book has received (national): Charlotte Zolotow Award
Short original summary of the main plot, describe the content and themes of the book: There was a little girl who lived in the woods with her mom. They were very poor and could no longer afford food. But there were only two ways to make money in her village: cutting down trees with the lumber jacks or ...more
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 ...more
Beatrice is desperate, so she goes to the top of the hill and finds the giant. He likes to bet on his strength, ...more
Let's see... little girl... big giant - yeah, the giant thinks this is really funny too. Pity he's not as clever as she is. Through intelligence and plain old chutzpah, Beatrice convinces the giant three times that if she competes she's bound to destroy his property, so she wins her bets three times and goes home relatively wealthy. Not ...more
I wish the liner notes told us what kind of art this is, because I am not always great with knowing that, and I really like the art by this first time children's book illustrator. The saturation of colors and the shapes were really nice.
A great read aloud for preschool and early elementary school children.