Long, Long Letter

Long, Long Letter

by Elizabeth Spurr, David Catrow
     
 

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Lonesome Hetta lives a crooked mile from her nearest neighbor--and even farther from her only sister. As she waits and rocks by her mailbox, her sister's long, long letter--complete with a thousand stamps--makes its way to her. But much as she misses her sister and yearns for her letter, Hetta never imagines the unexpected turn of events that this most special

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Lonesome Hetta lives a crooked mile from her nearest neighbor--and even farther from her only sister. As she waits and rocks by her mailbox, her sister's long, long letter--complete with a thousand stamps--makes its way to her. But much as she misses her sister and yearns for her letter, Hetta never imagines the unexpected turn of events that this most special delivery will bring.

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Children's Literature - Catherine Campbell Wright
Aunt Hetta is a lonely old woman who lives way out in the middle of nowhere, an entire mile from her nearest neighbor. She lives even further from her sister, and decides it has been too long since she's had a letter from her. After several pushy postcards from Hetta, her sister finally sits down to write a long, long letter-one Hetta will never forget! Hetta waits and waits in her rocking chair next to the mailbox for her sister's letter. When the long, long letter finally arrives, complete with a thousand stamps, Hetta never imagines the surprising turn of events that this most special delivery will bring! Witty illustrations by Catrow are a perfect partner to Spurr's humorous and charming tale of a "colossal piece of correspondence."
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 3Aunt Hetta lives a crooked mile from Neverbee and, with "...no kith nor kin to care for, she has too much time to fret." So her sister, the young narrator's mother, writes her a long, long letter. When it arrives through a slapstick turn of events, the letter not only satisfies Hetta's longing, but also cures her loneliness. Rhythmic and sometimes rhyming language catches a sense of whimsy extended by the busy, watercolor illustrations done in an emphatically folksy style. Set in rural middle America, perhaps in the 1940s judging by clothing and props, the final scene reveals an ethnically diverse population. It is notable, however, that young people are only peripheral to the action here. The book is nonetheless engaging because it is loaded with visual energy and humor. With its refreshingly original use of language and offbeat plot, the text is fun to read aloud and will be enjoyed by beginning readers as well.Carolyn Noah, Central Mass. Regional Library System, Worcester, MA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786812028
Publisher:
Hyperion Books for Children
Publication date:
10/28/1997
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.81(w) x 10.99(h) x 0.10(d)
Lexile:
430L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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