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Shelia P. Moses, National Book Award finalist and Coretta Scott King Award Honor author, debuts on the Scholastic Press list with a heartwarming young chapter book series.

Sallie Gal admires cousin Wild Cat's hair ribbons that fly in the wind when she jumps double Dutch. More than anything, Sallie Gal wants a set of her very own. But country folks can't get to town so easily. And even though Mama and Sallie Gal work hard in the cotton fields, money is hard to come by. Especially...

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Overview

Shelia P. Moses, National Book Award finalist and Coretta Scott King Award Honor author, debuts on the Scholastic Press list with a heartwarming young chapter book series.

Sallie Gal admires cousin Wild Cat's hair ribbons that fly in the wind when she jumps double Dutch. More than anything, Sallie Gal wants a set of her very own. But country folks can't get to town so easily. And even though Mama and Sallie Gal work hard in the cotton fields, money is hard to come by. Especially for things they don't need. But one day, the Wall-a-kee Man comes through. He has a whole general store -- right in the back of his station wagon! When the Wall-a-Kee man secretly slips Sallie Gal some ribbons as a gift into the bag with (continued)

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Children's Literature - Tina Dybvik
Sallie is a hardworking eight-year-old-girl who dreams of pretty ribbons to bind her braids. There are no modern diversions where she lives on Cumbo road, so it is a big event when a traveling salesman arrives every Saturday. Unfortunately, the money that she earns working summers in the fields must be saved for more sensible school clothes. Her father is away at war, and if she wants a luxury like hair ribbons, she must raise the extra cash herself. Moses's style and Daly's illustrations are reminiscent of Lois Lenske's work and include ideas about money and happiness that are a welcome message for this disposable world. These values create an authentic 20th century setting—and it is a little distressing to realize they are nostalgic. Church-going is as normal as breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The truth is a way of life, and the pain of deception seems authentic without preaching. Overall, a very nice reminder of the things that really matter. Reviewer: Tina Dybvik
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Cousins Sallie Gal and Wild Cat live near each other on Cumbo Road in North Carolina. Sallie Gal's father is serving in Vietnam. Although the eight-year-olds spend many of their summer days chopping cotton, they also play and scheme together. Sallie Gal's greatest desire is to have hair ribbons just like Wild Cat's, but money is tight and Momma is proud and self-sufficient. The girls try several ways to earn enough for the coveted ribbons and run into trouble along the way. Customers are few at their lemonade stand, and disaster strikes when Sallie Gal breaks her mother's glass pitcher. When the Wall-a-Kee Man, a salesman with a whole store in his station wagon, gives Sallie Gal ribbons, she knows Momma will make her return them, so she hides the gift and struggles with her conscience. Appealing black-and-white illustrations in various sizes embellish the text. Moses takes a fond look at strong family ties and the values of honesty and hard work. Short paragraphs and peppy dialogue make this easy chapter book a candidate for reading aloud.
—Kathryn KosiorekCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Eight-year-old Sallie Gal desperately wants hair ribbons like her cousin Wild Cat's, but with her father away in the army, times are hard on Cumbo Road and her mother insists she work to pay for them. Sallie and her cousins already chop weeds in the cotton fields five days a week and a half-day on Saturday, but that money will go for school clothes. With initiative and diligence, Sallie achieves her goal, but not before she gets into trouble with her mama for taking charity and keeping a secret. Set in the rural North Carolina of the author's own childhood, this is a clear depiction of the mid-century world of African-American country folk. These are sharecroppers who shop from the car of the traveling salesman, and the children use the clothesline for a jump rope. But Sallie's need to dress as well as her cousin will be familiar to young readers. Adding to the appeal of the straightforward story and short chapters, Daly's numerous illustrations bring the characters to life. (Fiction. 7-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439908900
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Pages: 152
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 700L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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