There Was a Wee Woman . . .

There Was a Wee Woman . . .

by Silverman, Rosanne Litzinger
     
 

There was a wee woman who lived in a shoe with her many wee children (their tiny pets, too). Six crammed in a bed, tangled up in a heap. Some wrangled, some dangled. Jack groaned, “I can’t sleep.”

What’s a mother to do? Why, find a bigger home, of course! Bouncy, enthusiastic Jill leads the way, but brother Jack warns, “There

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Overview

There was a wee woman who lived in a shoe with her many wee children (their tiny pets, too). Six crammed in a bed, tangled up in a heap. Some wrangled, some dangled. Jack groaned, “I can’t sleep.”

What’s a mother to do? Why, find a bigger home, of course! Bouncy, enthusiastic Jill leads the way, but brother Jack warns, “There are giants out there! They will eat us for snacks!’’

Playful verse and whimsical pictures pull readers into this miniature family’s glorious adventure full of brave actions, comic mishaps, and the joy of discovering a perfect – if surprising – new home in a dollhouse.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe gets her own book in this expanded version of the familiar nursery rhyme . . . . The folksy illustrations follow the tiny family of freckled redheads as they wander gamely along clotheslines, through mud puddles, and past oversize bluebells in search of the perfect home.” —School Library Journal

“A fun-filled romp bound to become a favorite.” —Kirkus Reviews

“The rhyming text and pleasing illustrations make this a sweet story that will, like the original nursery thyme, beg to be read and reread.” —Bookloons

“A clever and engaging new twist on Mother Goose’s nursery rhyme, this rollicking adventure is bound to spark the imagination of children.” —The Santa Fe New Mexican

Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
Did you ever wonder what became of the old woman who lived in a shoe? Well, when she could no longer take all the pushing and shoving and scrambling for seats and cramming six tightly in each bed, she decided it was time to move. Mama, the kids and, all their pets willingly set off to find a new home. All, that is, except for Jack. He warns of giants who will munch on them for snacks. Readers follow the merry band bouncing from a clothesline, sneaking past a snake, barely missing a snarling rat, and trying out a barrel and a birdhouse before ending up in the perfect place. A roomy dollhouse owned by a welcoming little girl suits them all just fine. Taking the familiar rhyme and expanding it to a tale filled with drama, humor, and excitement works well here, although it seems a tad too long. The full-page drawings are as spirited as the old woman and her children, giving the visual appeal needed to carry the story. This book may not be a first choice and children may not beg to "read it again," but it is a pleasant little diversion. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2

The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe gets her own book in this expanded version of the familiar nursery rhyme. The harried mother, fed up with her cramped living quarters, packs up her six children, the family cow, and other pets, and they set off to find a roomier abode. Although they are small enough to fall out of a hole in a shirt pocket and are dwarfed by a field rat, they have no luck until a kind giant (actually a little girl) allows them to live in her dollhouse. The folksy illustrations follow the tiny family of freckled redheads as they wander gamely along clotheslines, through mud puddles, and past oversize bluebells in search of the perfect home. Told in rhyming couplets, the story holds no big surprises, but is a pleasant enough read.-Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT

Kirkus Reviews
Sometimes a shoe just isn't big enough for a whole family, even a miniature one, especially when said family consists of a mother, five children and a multitude of pets (including a cow). So when Mama says, "Get me out of this shoe," they all set out to locate a new home. Adventures are in store (a trek over a clothesline, a sleeping snake, a swim through a creek) as well as some misbegotten attempts at a new abode (a rat-infested log, a smelly barrel, an unstable birdhouse) until the family comes face-to-face with a tremendous giant-eek!-who just happens to be friendly as well as the possessor of the perfect solution. The rollicking rhyme gives a nod to this and other nursery tales, and Litzinger's stylized paintings of the freckled, ginger-haired heroes provide a fresh, wee perspective. A fun-filled romp bound to become a favorite. (Picture book. 4-7)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374382537
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
09/02/2008
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

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