Maebelle's Suitcase

Overview

One-hundred-and-eight-year-old Maebelle has a lot of hats. And every year she makes a hat for the town's annual hat contest. One-hundred-and-eight-year-old Maebelle has a lot of friends. And every year her friends fly south for the winter. But this year, one of her friends is left behind. Young Binkle is afraid to leave home without his beloved possessions. So he packs his things into one of Maebelle's suitcases. But he can't fly with it. It is too heavy.
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Overview

One-hundred-and-eight-year-old Maebelle has a lot of hats. And every year she makes a hat for the town's annual hat contest. One-hundred-and-eight-year-old Maebelle has a lot of friends. And every year her friends fly south for the winter. But this year, one of her friends is left behind. Young Binkle is afraid to leave home without his beloved possessions. So he packs his things into one of Maebelle's suitcases. But he can't fly with it. It is too heavy.
Maebelle has worked hard on her hat entry. She is very pleased with her work. But her friend Binkle needs help. She must persuade him to leave his things behind.
This is a warm, funny story about two friends who act purely out of love. And both characters are equally unforgettable.

An elderly woman sacrifices a treasured prize to help her friend, a young bird, make his first flight south.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This humorous tale concerns a 108-year-old African-American lady who lives in a treehouse and her best friend, a timid bird; in PW 's words, ``Tusa's relaxed, playful shapes, bright pastel tints, and especially Maebelle's wonderful expressions provide much of the zest.'' Ages 5-8. Mar.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2 This original and whimsical story features Maebelle, the Pippi Longstockings of the geriatric set, who is black, 108 years old, and lives in a treetop house. She has a fascination with birds and enjoys making hats. As she watches her neighbors fly south, one of them, Binkle, flies over to borrow her suitcase so that he can transport his most treasured belongings. Maebelle is not surprised when Binkle is unable to fly with the heavy suitcase. As they consider a solution to this dilemma, Maebelle has a new inspiration for a hat, using the suitcase and its contents. The finished product is so unusual that it wins a permanent place of honor in the town museum. Binkle's problem is resolved, and he flies south to warmer weather, leaving Maebelle to dream of new hat designs. Crayon and watercolor illustrations are vibrant and expressive in portraying Maebelle as a delightfully eccentric, friendly, caring, and helpful person. Illustrations that reflect strong storytelling qualities appear on every page with the text situated variously above, beneath, or within the drawings. Text and illustrations are harmonious and wonderfully complementary in this quiet but humorous book. Helen E. Williams, Univ . of Maryland, College Park
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689714443
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 3/30/1991
  • Series: Reading Rainbow Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD490L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.14 (w) x 10.06 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Tricia Tusa has illustrated numerous acclaimed picture books, including In a Blue Room by Jim Averbeck, Mrs. Spitzer’s Garden by Edith Pattou, and the New York Times bestsellers The Sandwich Swap by Queen Rania of Jordan and Fred Stays with Me by Nancy Coffelt. She lives with her family in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Tricia Tusa has illustrated numerous acclaimed picture books, including In a Blue Room by Jim Averbeck, Mrs. Spitzer’s Garden by Edith Pattou, and the New York Times bestsellers The Sandwich Swap by Queen Rania of Jordan and Fred Stays with Me by Nancy Coffelt. She lives with her family in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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