Hannah and the Whistling Teakettleby Mindy Warshaw Skolsky
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 grandparentsher first on the bus by herselfHannah 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 dayhilariously 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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