Heckedy Peg

Heckedy Peg

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by Audrey Wood
     
 

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In this story, seven sweet children are transformed by an evil witch into specific types of food. “The inherent drama of the story, combined with the haunting images the art provides, gives the picture book a timeless quality.”—Booklist

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In this story, seven sweet children are transformed by an evil witch into specific types of food. “The inherent drama of the story, combined with the haunting images the art provides, gives the picture book a timeless quality.”—Booklist

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Paintings rich in atmosphere highlight this delectable tale of a witch's unusual dietary cravings and a mother's ingenious revenge. Ages 4-8. (Aug.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3 This original story reads like a pure folktale. The poor mother of seven children, each named for a day of the week, goes off to market promising to return with individual gifts that each child has requested and admonishing them to lock the door to strangers and not to touch the fire. The gullible children are tricked into disobeying their mother by the witch, Heckedy Peg, who turns them all into various kinds of food. The mother can rescue her children only by guessing which child is the fish, the roast rib, the bread, etc., a trick she neatly performs by matching each kind of food with the gift that each child had requested (Monday asked for butter, so Monday is the bread, etc.). This story, deep and rich with folk wisdom, is stunningly illustrated with Don Wood's luminous paintings. He shows the countryside as a true fairy tale settingthe half-timbered village, thatched roof cottages, haymakers in the field, and the witch's hut in dark, dank woods. With variety of color and line he enhances every nuance of the text, from the individuality of the children and the stalwart mother to the unrelenting evil of the witch. A tour de force in every way. Connie C. Rockman, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, Conn.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152336790
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/28/1992
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
82,126
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 11.62(h) x 0.17(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Audrey Wood  is the author of many beloved books for children, including the bestselling classic The Napping House, its companion The Full Moon at the Napping House, Caldecott Honor Book King Bidgood's in the BathtubHeckedy Peg, Piggies, and Piggy Pie Po, all of which were illustrated by her husband, Don Wood. The Woods divide their time between California and Hawaii.
 
 

Don Wood  is the illustrator of many beloved books for children, including the bestselling classic The Napping House, its companion The Full Moon at the Napping House, Caldecott Honor Book King Bidgood's in the BathtubHeckedy Peg, Piggies, and Piggy Pie Po, all of which were written by his wife, Audrey Wood. The Woods divide their time between California and Hawaii.

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Heckedy Peg 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am in fifth grade, and Audrey Wood is one of my favorite authors. I read this book to my little brother and he loves it as much as I do.
MzApple More than 1 year ago
I had this book when i was a little girl. it's very entertaining. i loved it!!!!
KippyJF More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best children's books out there! A very unique book with the most beautiful illustrations, Heckedy Peg is reminiscent of the old-style fairy tales, complete with the heroine and villain, but with an interesting twist! I have been reading it to my first grade students for years, and they are just as enthralled by the story as I am. It is a must-have for any child's home library or for the elementary teacher.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I work with little people and they are all mesmermized by this book. And, scared'Heckedy Peg is an excellent villian', and comforted 'by the rhythmical patterns of words', and fascinated 'by the art and twists of this book', and oh-so loved and saved'by the best love of all, their Mother'. 4 years and up for quite a while love it. Younger than that, and they are way too scared. Better yet- it's a pleasure to read as an adult. Add this to your list of classics.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My mom used to read this book to me almost every night when I was little. It still to this day is by far my favorite children's book. The illustrations are amazing and it's just a really awesome book for younger kids. I would recommend this book to everyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was fun and wimsical. My mother also thinks that this is a good book for parents as well as children. It had the most fantastic pictures and a really cute story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Im 18 years old and I still read this book. I remember being read this book when I was in 4th grade and it's been my favorite childrens book since. I've read this book to my little cousin that is 3 and he won't sit quiet for any other book but this one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
when i was a kid my mom reading me and my brothers this book. the illistrations are amazing so amazing that heckedy peg scared me. The story is one that every parent should read to their children for decades to come...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book to my two and a half year old. She sat still, totally engrossed during the entire tale. I enjoyed reading the story and just could not take my eyes off the beautiful illustrations! I am glad I chose this book for my daughter.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVE 'HEGGEDY PEG'. I AM IN THE 6TH GRADE AND I JUST THINK THIS BOOK IS WONDERFUL! IT IS A GOOD BOOK FOR ALL AGES. I GIVE THIS BOOK 5 STARS! *****