The One and Only Marigold

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Meet Marigold! From renowned author Florence Parry Heide comes a picture book about one clever, complicated—and hilarious—little girl. Follow Marigold as she buys a new coat (don’t worry, she still wears the old one to bed. She’s a very loyal person), plays a great trick (involving a Special Surprise Treasure Stand and worms), and much more. Along the way you'll meet Marigold’s best friend—her purple coat—and her next best friend—Maxine.

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Overview

Meet Marigold! From renowned author Florence Parry Heide comes a picture book about one clever, complicated—and hilarious—little girl. Follow Marigold as she buys a new coat (don’t worry, she still wears the old one to bed. She’s a very loyal person), plays a great trick (involving a Special Surprise Treasure Stand and worms), and much more. Along the way you'll meet Marigold’s best friend—her purple coat—and her next best friend—Maxine.

Simply and with inimitable humor, a legendary picture book writer and inventive illustrator create an original character that all children will laugh over . . . and will love.

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Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2008:
“[The] snappy, funny stories of monkey-hippo friendship are as appealing as the folk art–style gouache illustrations and lively-but-clean design."
Publishers Weekly

In four vignettes, Marigold, a strong-willed young monkey, talks back to her mother, torments her closest friend and cheerfully gets away with everything as she asserts her individual style. The first story follows her on a shopping expedition to replace her old, patched purple coat: Marigold rejects frilly and silly offerings and goes for an exact but too small duplicate of the first coat, eccentrically accessorized; her fashion sense is rewarded when everyone admires her. In subsequent tales, Marigold concocts elaborate illustrated lists, one of which names the old coat as her best friend and rates her actual friend, a hippo named Maxine, a close second. As depicted in McElmurry's (Little Blue Truck) stylish spreads, a blend of up-to-the-minute humor and nostalgic, folklike patterning, Marigold has a long prehensile tail and spiky rust-colored hair that she sometimes wears in topknots. Heide (the Treehorn books) introduces a stubborn, potentially maddening character, but Marigold's sunny disposition and creativity make up for her mischief; she will ring true for friends and parents of inventive children. Ages 4-8. (Jan.)

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Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Marigold, a vivacious young monkey, definitely has a mind of her own! In the first of four short stories, she remains stubbornly loyal to her beloved, ragged purple coat. Her fashion show of trying on coats that are pretty, fuzzy, blinking, striped, plain, and fancy is a delight, but Marigold ultimately chooses a purple coat just like her old one—even though it is too small. In the second episode, Marigold pursues her hobby of making lists. Maxine, the hippo, is not pleased to see Marigold's old coat listed first on the friends' list. So, Marigold makes a list of ways to bug Maxine. This list becomes the topic of the next tale. Marigold sets up a "Special Surprise Treasure Stand" across the street from Maxine's lemonade stand. Then, she entices Maxine to spend her lemonade money on colorful packages filled with worthless items. The last installment begins with Marigold considering and rejecting everything in her wardrobe as she prepares for the first day of school. Her mother had refused to buy her the fancy dress she wanted. So, Marigold puts on her coat and hat and refuses to take them off, telling Maxine that she is wearing beautiful clothes underneath. Maxine is well-outfitted in new school clothes, but she exhibits true friendship by covering them in a raincoat and cap in a show of unity. The simple illustrations on white backgrounds compliment the text perfectly, presenting a spunky heroine, a distraught mother, and a frustrated friend in humorous and endearing ways. This is likely to become a storytime favorite. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library Journal

K-Gr 2

You might say that Marigold, a young monkey, walks to the beat of a different drummer, or even that she is just plain contrary. In the first of four stories, she resists giving up her worn-out purple coat when her mother wants to replace it. It is only when she finds another one that she gives in, even though the new purple coat doesn't fit her. She wears the old garment to bed. In the following two stories, Marigold playfully teases her friend Maxine, a hippo who has firm ideas on how things should work. In the last story, when the two head off for their first day of school, Maxine has a new outfit and a new hairdo. Marigold pretends that she does, too, but won't take off her old coat or hat. Maxine decides to go home for something she "forgot" and returns wearing a raincoat and cap that she won't take off, either. The obstreperous protagonist is refreshing in her contrariness. The stylized, cartoonlike gouache illustrations add humor and panache to characters that are imbued with personality. Maxine and Marigold are solid proof that opposites attract.-Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

Kirkus Reviews
Marigold loves her ratty old purple coat more than just about anything, so she even wears it in the shower. She refuses to replace it, pronouncing, "I'm a very loyal person" (though she's in fact a monkey). Her mother makes her go coat shopping anyway, and nothing is acceptable . . . until she finds a purple coat exactly like her old one. "Marigold's Purple Coat" is the first of four connected vignettes in this charming picture book whose snappy, funny stories of monkey-hippo friendship are as appealing as the folk art-style gouache illustrations and lively-but-clean design. Confident Marigold and the more thin-skinned Maxine are true childhood friends; that is to say, they deliberately bug each other, play tricks, fall out and eventually make up with no awkward explanations or hard feelings. McElmurry outdoes herself with gorgeous landscapes, and with Marigold's goofy hair and stubborn stances infuses even more humor into the already laugh-out-loud stories. (Picture book. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375940514
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 1/13/2009
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Florence Parry Heide is a bestselling, highly acclaimed writer, with over 50 books under her belt. Her Treehorn books, illustrated by Edward Gorey, have become true classics. She recently worked with Jules Fieffer on Some Things Are Scary. She is a mother of five and lives in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Jill McElmurry is the author and illustrator of I’m Not a Baby!, Mad About Plaid, and Mess Pets. She is the illustrator of Lillian Moore’s I’m Small and Other Verses, Dayle Ann Dodds’ The Kettles Get New Clothes, and Stephanie Spinner’s It’s a Miracle! A Hanukkah Storybook. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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