Hazel's Amazing Mother

Hazel's Amazing Mother

by Rosemary Wells
     
 

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Uh-oh! Hazel has made a wrong turn on her way home from town, and three bullies have stolen her carriage and her beloved doll, Eleanor. Through a surprising twist, Hazel's mother comes to her rescue and shows the bullies a thing or two about the remarkable power of love. Ages 4-8

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Uh-oh! Hazel has made a wrong turn on her way home from town, and three bullies have stolen her carriage and her beloved doll, Eleanor. Through a surprising twist, Hazel's mother comes to her rescue and shows the bullies a thing or two about the remarkable power of love. Ages 4-8

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Building fantasy on the solid foundation of a mother's championship, Wells acquaints her readers with more of the endearing anthropomorphs that have made her picture books lasting favorites. Hazel is a small raccoon. Taking her doll Eleanor in a stroller, she buys picnic snacks to share with Mom and Eleanor at lunchtime. The shopper is among familiar, friendly people until she loses her way on a hill where three young toughs surround her. (The meanest is Doris, a chipmunk!) They tear poor Eleanor apart and throw her stroller into a pond. Although Hazel is far from home, she cries, ``Mother, I need you,'' and mother is there. Carried by magic to the top of a tree, the mother thunders orders at the ruffians and they obey instantlysewing the doll together again, cleaning the carriageand then get while the getting's good. Full-color pictures with delightful embellishments stamp the book unmistakably a Wells creation. (37)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2 The power of maternal love fuels this fantasy. Hazel, a whimsical badger who wears a girl's wide-brimmed hat, blouse and skirt, strolls her doll around town. On the way home, she becomes lost. She is set upon by buck-toothed beaver Doris and her two friends, who unstuff her doll and throw her carriage into the lake. Just in time, a gust of wind blows mother into the tree under which Hazel stands (attributed to the power of love), and the bullies are ordered to repair the doll and retrieve her carriage. Large-format black-ink drawings with comic detail are solidly filled in with cheerful bright watercolors. Hazel's almost illuminant yellow blouse focuses attention on her on each page. A well-crafted fantasy with quality illustrations that relates to many story time themes, this deserves first purchase consideration. When reading the book aloud, though, please warn children that they, unlike Hazel, should not be taking shelter under a tree during a lightning storm. Jean Gaffney, Dayton and Montgomery County Public Library, Ohio

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140545388
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/28/1992
Edition description:
Giant edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
14.48(w) x 17.99(h) x 0.33(d)
Lexile:
AD570L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 7 Years

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