Jezebel's Spooky Spot

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When Jezebel's father goes off to war, she flees to a spot in the swamp where she can be alone. The swamp draws her, but it scares her, too. The soul-stealing pixie lights, the fearsome pond ghosts, and the great marsh spiders are frightening—and then there is the most terrifying thought of all: that her father might never return. In colorful language, Alice and Kent Ross have created a heroine whose pluck and determination help her look fear in the eye, just as her father has to do. She holds her ground and ...
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When Jezebel's father goes off to war, she flees to a spot in the swamp where she can be alone. The swamp draws her, but it scares her, too. The soul-stealing pixie lights, the fearsome pond ghosts, and the great marsh spiders are frightening—and then there is the most terrifying thought of all: that her father might never return. In colorful language, Alice and Kent Ross have created a heroine whose pluck and determination help her look fear in the eye, just as her father has to do. She holds her ground and exposes the truth behind each imagined terror, an inspiration to young readers in handling their own feelings. Painted in rich, dark watercolors, Jezebel's spooky spot becomes a place that children will want to return to often.

When Jezebel's Papa goes to war, she finds a special place in the woods to do battle with her own fears.

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Children's Literature - Wendy Pollock-Gilson
When her papa goes off to war, and when she needs some time to herself, Jezebel goes off to her special place in the woods. Jezebel must conquer her fears of such things as soul-stealing pixie lights and wispy fog ghosts whenever she enters the woods. One day, while seeking solace in her spooky spot, Jezebel hears a series of strange noises. But what joy! It's her beloved papa home from war. He knew where she was, because he used to slip ayay to this same spooky spot when he was younger. Children will identify with Jezebel, a brave little girl who conquers her fears. Ted Rand's exquisite watercolors make this a beautiful picture book and one that should find a spot in library collections.
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Gr 1-4-An uplifting story about the bravery of a spirited African-American girl. Before he goes off to war, Jezebel's father tells her never to be afraid, but to do what he'll be doing: "...when you get that googery-boogery creepy-crawly catchy feeling, you look it in the eye." For the next year, Jezebel visits a spooky place in the swampy wood by her house every time she gets lonely and misses her daddy, and although she gets the feeling he described many times, she stands her ground. Jezebel's character is deftly drawn as she remains steadfastly optimistic, comforting and encouraging Little Brother, reassuring her fearful Mammy, and going about her Papa's daily tasks. Rand's superb double-paged watercolor paintings are perfect complements to the text, portraying the swamp with its wild creatures and changing seasons in loving detail from "moky" fall twilight to a cold foggy winter's morning to a hot summer's evening. Jezebel's admirable personality is wonderfully pictured as is Mammy's pessimistic timorousness. The text is artistically set in a white box bordered in dark red. An exceptional offering in every respect.-Judith Constantinides, East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
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Despite its formulaic predictability, this story of a girl's facing her fears will have readers in her corner.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525454489
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/1999
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 11.25 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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