Maebelle's Suitcase

Maebelle's Suitcase

by Tricia Tusa
     
 

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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

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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.

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689714443
Publisher:
Aladdin
Publication date:
03/30/1991
Series:
Reading Rainbow Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
796,409
Product dimensions:
7.14(w) x 10.06(h) x 0.13(d)
Lexile:
AD490L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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