Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice, 2009
Grandma Needlethorpe knits a sweater for her granddaughter Nellie's role as a bumblebee in the upcoming spring concert. And the result is a huge success - even though the sleeves have to be rolled up and the sweater hangs well past Nellie's knees. A delighted Nellie can't wait to show it off to her school chums, but each time she wears the sweater, Nellie gets into a scrape. And after several trips to the washer and dryer, the rapidly shrinking sweater finally fits her perfectly. But Nellie must wear the sweater one more time before the concert. And one more sweater mishap proves to be the last straw. The bumblebee sweater comes out of the dryer much too small for Nellie. Now it's no good for anyone except the family dog.
But Nellie doesn't mind; she's going to wear a flower costume in the concert. Too bad there won't be a bumblebee on stage after all . . . or will there?
|Publisher:||Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited|
|Product dimensions:||7.80(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.30(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 6 Years|
About the Author
Betty Waterton is the author of eighteen picture books and novels for children. Born in Oshawa, Ontario, Betty now makes her home by the sea in Sidney, British Columbia.
Award-winning illustrator Kim LaFave has illustrated many books for children including Big Ben, We'll All Go Sailing, We'll All Go Flying and the early readers Emma's Emu, Andrew's Magnificent Mountain of Mittens and Andrew - Catch That Cat!. Kim lives with his family in Roberts Creek, British Columbia.
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"This funny, true-to-life story with its detailed, softly-coloured pictures will delight young listeners and independent readers. Adults also will relate to Nellie's messes and to Grandma's failing eyesight.
— CM Magazine
"A story that finds humor in a grandmother's failing eyesight and her granddaughter's ability to get messy, Waterton's nineteenth children's book is a gentle tribute to good intentions, no matter how they turn out. . . Freewheeling, gently washed, line-and-watercolor illustrations complete this funny package."
"(Betty Waterton) will delight children again with this droll story, jauntily illustrated by the playful, prolific Kim LaFave. . . Story and pictures work together well, and the text's dry humour lends itself splendidly to reading aloud."
— Quill and Quire
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Nellie sends her grandma a note that says she is going to be a bumblebee in the school play. Grandma knits Nellie a sweater to wear in the play. When, Nellie gets the sweater, she wants to wear it immediately and often. She keeps getting it dirty and her mother keeps washing it. The story is very funny and the illustrations are amusing too. My daughter loves this book. She does not want to return it to the library.