Heckedy Peg / Tug Sau Ntawv

Heckedy Peg / Tug Sau Ntawv

by Audrey Wood, Don Wood
     
 

Seven children named Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday; a witch who intrudes on the peace of their cottage; and a spell only the children's mother can break - these dramatic elements for a story that is both contemporary and timeless. Inspired by a sixteenth-century game still played by children today, this fresh and original story by… See more details below

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Seven children named Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday; a witch who intrudes on the peace of their cottage; and a spell only the children's mother can break - these dramatic elements for a story that is both contemporary and timeless. Inspired by a sixteenth-century game still played by children today, this fresh and original story by Audrey Wood is certain to become a classic.

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 - 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:
9780962929861
Publisher:
Minnesota Humanities Commission
Publication date:
04/01/2001
Edition description:
Bilingual: English/Hmong
Pages:
36
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 11.40(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
4 - 10 Years

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