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Annie and CO.

Annie and CO.

by David M. McPhail

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This gentle, nostalgic fantasy tells the story of Annie and her pony-cart repair shop. Her father fixes things, and Annie, quietly confident that she can, too, sets off to prove it. And she does: a goose's broken wing, a town-hall bell without a clapper, even a wedding without a minister. After a full day of unusual problems--each solved with creative flair--she falls happily asleep while her pony pulls the cart home. McPhail's warm and sometimes funny story is fittingly accompanied by his characteristically evocative watercolors and small black-and-white drawings tucked in with the text. Bucolic endpapers show Annie on the open road, while a map traces the route of her entrepreneurial journey. Even the small size seems just right for this gem of a book. Ages 5-8. (Apr.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-- Annie, who seems to be about 6 years old, greatly admires her father's handiwork. He repairs all sorts of things, large and small, outdoors or in, and his daughter, who already has her own little toolbox, plans to follow in his footsteps. One day she decides that the time has come to set out on her travels, in her own small cart drawn by her pony and accompanied by her cat, with a handlettered sign that proclaims the trio to be Annie & Co. In her day's journey around the little town, the traveling fix-it team copes with a cello that won't play, a puppet that doesn't make children laugh, a silent bell, a goose with a broken wing, and a wedding in danger of being rained out. Unusual repair jobs, to be sure, but these are not your everyday artisans. Pleasantly plotless, this gently episodic story features McPhail's warm and lovely watercolors. The endpaper double-spread of Annie's tiny wagon trundling down a country lane is as idyllic as a Beatrix Potter landscape. --Joan McGrath, Education Centre Library, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
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7 - 9 Years

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