Mary Mary

Mary Mary

by Sarah M. Hayes, Helen Craig

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Mary Mary (who, not surprisingly, is quite contrary) isn't afraid of anything --not even the giant who lives on a hill overlooking town. To prove her bravery, she marches up the hill one day, and discovers that the giant is not nasty and mean, but sad and lonely. And his house is a mess--littered with dishes in need of washing, clothes in need of mending and pottery in need of gluing. Mary Mary declares that what the giant needs is ``managing,'' and she appoints herself to the task. In no time at all, the giant--and his house--are sparkling clean, and the two hatch a plan to show the townsfolk how kind the giant is. He becomes a one-man playground on which the delighted children frolic--swinging on swings hanging from his fingers and toes, sliding down his legs and playing hide-and-seek in his hair. Hayes is a superb storyteller who deftly uses understatement and humor in her tale. Equally impressive are Craig's amusingly detailed pictures--especially those featuring the amiable giant. Ages 5-8. (Sept.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-- In this British import, contrary Mary refuses to fear the giant who lives on the hill above her town. She marches up to his house and, after a mishap with a gargantuan teardrop, finds herself visiting indoors. Here she meets someone with whom she can agree. Under Mary's management, the two straighten out the giant's appearance and his messy household. After a tea-cup bath, Mary delivers the giant's invitation to the townspeople to come and play at his house. In lighthearted line and wash, the solid, affectionate homeyness of the pictures, with their jumble of details of ordinary life transposed to a giant's abode, builds a comfortably credible universe, while the visual play with scale, showing common objects made huge against Mary's small size, has great appeal to fans of little-people stories. References in both text and pictures to standard motifs--a fearless child, a neighborhood giant, a Lilliputian scene, a misperceived menace made benign and useful by understanding--set the story into a larger context of tale telling. A book in which the airiness and large format perfectly suit the story's playfulness and setting.-- Karen Litton, London Public Libraries, Ontario, Canada

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Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Edition description:
1st U.S. ed
Product dimensions:
8.66(w) x 10.63(h) x (d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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