Don't Tell the Whole World!

Don't Tell the Whole World!

by Beverly Collins, Kate Duke

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
From the author and illustrator of It's Too Noisy! comes this sprightly retelling of a folktale about a woman who ``would always tell every secret, no matter how big or how small.'' Dressed in her long frock and bonnet, the effervescent Emma walks through town letting all kinds of information flow from her lips. Her husband, John, is not pleased when Emma announces that he wears flowered underwear, but he loves her so dearly that he forgives her immediately. Yet John faces a serious dilemma when he finds a box full of money while plowing his field. The money will let them pay rent to their crotchety landlord, Mr. Snood, but John is afraid to let Emma know about his discovery. In an appealing plot turn, Emma saves the day by doing what she does best--babbling profusely. Duke's pastel palette and affable characters lend snappy support to Cole's amusing text. This is fine story-telling, charmingly illustrated. Ages 5-8. (Sept.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-- A retelling an old folktale about a wife who cannot keep a secret and her husband's outlandish ruse to keep others from believing her story of buried treasure. Duke sets the story in a rural 19th-century America. While Cole quickly shows that Emma can't keep a secret, her text and Duke's pictures clearly show John's affection for his wife. The villain of the piece is the landlord, old Mr. Snood. When John finds a money box while plowing the field, he knows it's only a matter of time before Emma tells and Snood comes to claim the treasure, so he thinks of a plan. This version has a folksy rhythm and flavor that should please storytellers. A humorous counterpart to John's talkative wife is his ox, who with a look or a nod of its head seems to offer sage advice. The soft pastel watercolors reflect the gentle humor of the tale. Another variation of it in an easy-reader format is Mirra Ginsburg's The Night It Rained Pancakes (Greenwillow, 1980; o.p.), in which a brother takes the loose-lipped role. --Judith Gloyer, Milwaukee Public Library

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Trophy Picture Bks.
Edition description:
Product dimensions:
9.88(w) x 8.01(h) x 0.13(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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