Hannah and the Whistling Teakettle

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Life savers can come in surprising shapes! Hannah's grandmother never jeeps presents, such as the furry slippers Hannah and her parents brought on their last visit downriver to the candy store in the Bronx, New York. Sensible Grandma says about any gift, "Thank you very much, but it's not a necessity." This visit to her grandparents—her first on the bus by herself—Hannah brings a surprise of her own choosing: a bright silver whistling teakettle with a little red bird on the spout so Grandma won't have to keep running back to the kitchen behind the store to check whether the tea water's boiling. "A necessity" if Hannah has ever seen one! On her first night with her grandparents, two suspicious characters ("they weren't regular") come to the store for more than malteds. They are robbers. And the teakettle, sounding very much like a policeman's whistle, saves the day—hilariously and animatedly in the robust, rollicking illustrations. Grandma decides to keep Hannah's present after all. "That little bird on the kettle maybe saved our life!" she says. And life is a necessity.

Author Biography: Mindy Warshaw Skolsky's first book for DK Ink, and for somewhat older readers, was the novel Love from Your Friend, Hannah, called "lively" by PW in a starred review. She lives in Smithtown, New York. Diane Palmisciano illustrated Cari Best's Last Licks: A Spaldeen Story for DK Ink and many other books as well. She had particular fun in researching phone booths, buses, and hair buns of the 1930s for this warmhearted comedy. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Nostalgia and humor are savory ingredients in Skolsky's picture-book tale (adapted from a story in The Whistling Teakettle: And Other Stories About Hannah, 1977) starring the heroine of Love from Your Friend, Hannah. Here Hannah visits her grandparents, who own a candy store in the Bronx. Rendered in oil pastels, Palmisciano's (Last Licks: A Spaldeen Story) animated, brightly colored pictures credibly convey the 1930s setting and capture the affectionate bond between two generations. Before boarding the bus, Hannah deliberates over what gift to buy for her practical grandma, who routinely returns presents with the explanation, "Thank you very much, but it's not a necessity." The girl decides on a silver teakettle with a little red bird whistle on the end of its spout. While the woman initially reacts to the gift in her customary fashion, an unusual turn of events makes her change her mind. Skolsky conveys all the warmth between family members that permeate her other Hannah books, and the artwork only underscores their bond. Period details hark back to the days of leisurely afternoons at the soda fountain, while the characters' universal emotions make the illustrations accessible and familiar. Ages 5-8. (Mar.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Hannah of The Best Father on Route Nine is off to visit her grandparents. From the bus terminal on the west side of the Hudson River, she will take a bus to the terminal at the other side of the George Washington Bridge, where Grandpa will meet her and take her to his and Grandma's candy store in the Bronx. But before she goes, she and her mother go shopping for a gift that Hannah will give to her grandmother. This is not an easy task. Grandma has never accepted a gift, because she won't take anything she thinks is "not a necessity." But finally Hannah spots a perfect present. The little bird on the spout of a shiny new kettle will whistle when the water boils. The old kettle doesn't have a whistle at all, and it's "so old it has bumps," says Hannah. But "not a necessity" says Grandma. Hannah really wants Grandma to have a new kettle. Hannah is a resourceful little girl, and because she won't let Grandma's "no" keep the new kettle off the stove, its whistle plays an important role in foiling a robbery. This is a charming look at a loving family, with a terrific portrait of Grandma and Grandpa and their relationship with Hannah. Highly recommended. 2000, Dorling Kindersley, Ages 6 to 9, $15.95. Reviewer: Judy Silverman—Children's Literature
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789426024
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/15/2000
  • Series: Richard Jackson Book Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.54 (w) x 11.36 (h) x 0.39 (d)

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