Miss Bridie Chose a Shovel

Miss Bridie Chose a Shovel

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ISBN-13: 9780618305643
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 05/25/2004
Edition description: None
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.12(d)
Lexile: AD750L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About the Author

Caldecott Medalist Mary Azarian is a consummate gardener and a skilled and original woodblock artist. Many of her prints are heavily influenced by her love of gardening, and her turn-of-the-century farmhouse is surrounded by gardens that reveal an artist's vision. Mary Azarian received the 1999 Caldecott Medal for SNOWFLAKE BENTLEY, written by Jacqueline Briggs Martin. She lives, skis, and gardens in Vermont.

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Miss Bridie Chose a Shovel 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
ermilligan on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This book tells the story of Miss Bridie and her new life in America. The shovel symbolized hard-work and her opportunity to make a good life.
acwheeler on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I thought this was a sweet but sad book. It showed how Miss Bridie moved on with her life. It shows children how to move on from things and life will always go on.
simbascam More than 1 year ago
I was searching for a children's book for my classroom. i wanted a story about immigration to plan a lesson around. i found this story and think it is terrific!. Beautiful wood carving illustrations really help to move the story along.I love how visual the story is for my students who are cognitively challenged. It incorporates historical information i have learned about in my immigration history class but at a level easily accessible for my readers!Thank you Leslie for such wonderful illustrations!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My family and I thoroughly enjoyed Miss Bridie Chose a Shovel. I would suggest this book for all age levels. My mother has sent copies to numerous friends, as have I. This is a wonderful book for all. Leslie Connor has given us all a fabulous gift with her enlightening story. The illustrations are also unique, interesting and beautiful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a story about making choices and the difference that makes in life. ' She could have picked a chiming clock or a porcelain figurine, but Miss Bridie chose a shovel back in 1856.' Thus begins the remarkable story of a young woman on her way to America. The resourceful heroine finds many uses for the shovel she chose throughtout her life. She leans on it during her shipboard journey and then uses it to plant seeds when she finally arrives in her new homeland. She met her future husband when she used the shovel to clear the ice for skating. The young couple travel westward to begin a new life in which the shovel is a valuable tool on their new farm. Miss Bridie (still so named despite her new marital status)helps her husband dig fence posts and plant trees. When the barn is burned to the ground the handle of the shovel is destroyed, but our heroine replaces the handle herself by fashioning a new one from a tree limb. She comes full circle in life planting a tree on the hillside where her husband is buried and clearing the ice to skate with her grandchildren. Miss Bridie and her shovel represent the indomitable spirit and courage of the pioneers. There are so few of these stories available for the first and second grade students, who are studying westward expansion. Azarian's wonderful woodcuts perfectly suit the text. Story and illustrations work beautifully together making this a very highly recommended purchase for both elementary school libraries and public libraries.