Duffy and the Devil

Duffy and the Devil

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ISBN-13: 9780374318871
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 01/28/1973
Pages: 40
Product dimensions: 8.46(w) x 10.94(h) x 0.39(d)
Lexile: 860L (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Margot Zemach (1931-89) was born in Los Angeles, California. She began illustrating stories by her husband, Harve, in 1959, and their subsequent collaborations led to many enduring children's books, including The Judge: An Untrue Tale, a Caldecott Honor Book; A Penny a Look, an ALA Notable Book; and Duffy and the Devil, recipient of the Caldecott Medal.

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Duffy and the Devil 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
fonsecaelib530A on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Zemach, H., & Zemach, M. (1973). Duffy and the devil. New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux.Grades 1 through 3Squire Lovel is in search of an assistant for his housekeeper, Old Jone. He finds one in Duffy, recently fired under accusations of laziness and incompetence. Duffy is asked to knit the squire new stockings; try as she might, she cannot figure out how to use the spinning wheel. She starts crying, and a little devil appears from behind a stack of fleeces. He offers to spin and knit all she wants in return for her soul in three years. If she can find out his name, however, she is free of the deal. In three years, Duffy goes from servant to mistress of the house. When the time comes to fulfill her part of the deal, Duffy breaks down and confesses to Old Jone her promise to the devil. Old Jone designs a plan that ends with the squire witnessing a party with witches and devils in attendance. The devil sings a song that includes his name, and through the squire Duffy learns the information that helps her beat the devil. The angry devil stomps until he disappears in a flash of flame, and all the clothing he had even spun is turned into ashes. Duffy and the devil is the Cornish retelling of the German Rumpelstiltskin story. The Cornish version explores characters and situations typical of life in England's southwestern coast. Bits and pieces of the Cornish dialect are kept in the story for authenticity. The pen-and wash illustrations portray characters as jolly, rosy-cheeked, and very round individuals engaging in traditional activities such as tea drinking, garden frolicking, and hare hunting. Duffy and the Devil was a 1973 New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of the Year and Outstanding Book of the Year, a 1974 National Book Award Finalist for Children's Books, and the winner of the 1974 Caldecott Medal.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Making promises you can't keep is just what Duffy did with Squire Lovel. She said ' I do all the work, I spin like a saint, I knit like and angel'. So the Squire took her back with him to help out his housemaid. Only problem is Duffy didn't know how do spin or knit. What is she to do. Well the devil pops in and said that he would do all the work for her if after 3 years she goes with him. The only way that she would be able to get out of the deal is if she guesses his name. Will Duffy be able to trust the Devil, or will she have to go with him for ever? Will the Squire find out that she can't do either? Read and you will find out. This book reminds me alot of rumpelstilkian. I enjoy classic tales alot and think that they are good fun reads to help teach morals. Harve has retold this story from a Cornish tale, while his wife illustrated the book. Zemach, Harve and Margot. DUFFY AND THE DEVIL. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1973.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story was delightful. I loved the pictures. This book was absolutely a Caldecott Winner. The pictures were very fun and colorful. The portrayal of the characters was marvelous. The characters in this book were similar to those in Rumplestiltskin. Duffy is a servant girl who is being thrown out on the streets because the lady of the house says that she is lazy. The devil helps her to sew and make clothes so that she can find a home. She is taken in by Squire Lovel. The devil helps her at no charge, but says that in three years if she does not know her name that he will take her away. Duffy impresses the Squire enough that he decides to marry her. The Squire learns the name of the devil and saves Duffy. The pictures that go with this story enhance it very well. The colors are vibrant and bold. The characters are shown in comical scenes. The characters seem more realistic because they are drawn as large people. They are not the typical ¿Skinny Minnie¿ characters that everyone knows do not exist. They are made to be portrayed as real people. I would recommend this book to all of my colleagues as a read aloud story. Margot had always loved to draw amusing pictures. She knew she wanted to either draw cartoons or illustrate children¿s books. Lucky for us she chose to illustrate. She would illustrate books that her husband Harve wrote. They began working together in 1959. Together they completed thirteen books. Zemach, Harve & Margot. Duffy And The Devil. New York. Farrar~Straus~Giroux, 1973. Reading Level 4.9
Guest More than 1 year ago
Duffy and the Devil is about Duffy who becomes a knitter for a famous squire. Little did the squire know that Duffy could not knit. Duffy then asks the devil to help her. He says that he will help her, but in three years if Duffy does not guess his name then he will take her away. I really enjoyed this book because it taught the reader a lesson at the end. I was not very crazy about the illustrations because they were not eye-catching for me. Harve and Margot Zemach are married to each other. Margot does the illustrations while Harve writes. They have collaborated on thirteen books and in 1974 won the Caldecott for Duffy and the Devil. Zemach, Harve and Margot. Duffy and the Devil. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Girouz. 1973.