Take your friends where you can find them!
Old Granny is lonely, living way out in the country with no one to talk to. She’s happy enough, though, as long as she has her beans. One night a thief climbs through the window of her little cabin while she’s sleeping and steals her beans! Old Granny sets out to see the sheriff. Along the way, she meets an odd assortment of talking creatures: a snake, a pecan, a cow patty, a prickly pear cactus, and an alligator. Soon they’ve all befriended Old Granny, and joined forces to help her foil the thief in this humorous tale that glows with the bright, bold colors of the Southwest.
DeFelice (The Real, True Dulcie Campbell) takes readers to the backcountry once again with the confident voice of a true teller of tall tales. When the beans she's cooking are stolen three nights in a row, Old Granny gets "madder than a pussycat thrown into a pond," and embarks on a long trip to town so she can tell the sheriff. On the way, she meets an odd collection of things: a talking water snake, pecan, cow-patty (certain to elicit delighted expressions of disgust) and more. In fairy-tale fashion, all ask Old Granny where she's going and all advise, "Old Granny, on your way home, pick me up and put me in your sack. You'll be glad you did." In each instance-but especially in the case of the cow patty-Granny must overcome her reluctance before she can take her new friends home. Her resolve is rewarded when the collection choreographs a kid-pleasingly slapstick routing of the robber. Smith (No More Nasty) chooses the red earth and dusky blue shadows of southwestern deserts for her down-home, spirited gouache spreads and vignettes, even though the narrative's details don't necessarily locate the story there. Her generic rural dialect ("So she picked up that cactus real careful-like") and classic plot structure suggest a broader context: the realm of the sturdy country fable. Ages 4-8. (Aug.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.