The Silver Spoon of Solomon Snow

The Silver Spoon of Solomon Snow


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ISBN-13: 9780763627928
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 08/23/2005
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 7.91(h) x 1.11(d)
Lexile: 600L (what's this?)
Age Range: 7 - 10 Years

About the Author

Kaye Umansky taught in elementary schools for twelve years, specializing in music and drama. In her spare time, she sang and played keyboards with a semi-professional soul band. Now a full-time author, Kaye Umansky has written many delightful and humorous books for young readers. She says, "A while ago, I went on a 're-read Charles Dickens binge.' Inspired, I cried, 'I can do that!' I couldn't. What came out was SOLOMON SNOW." She lives in London.

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The Silver Spoon of Solomon Snow

By Kaye Umansky


Copyright © 2005

Kaye Umansky

All right reserved.

ISBN: 0763627925

"You sold my clothes?"

Solly's voice came out in a strangled squeak.

"They wasn't strictly your clothes, Son," said Pa. "You was a babby. They was too big for you."

"Still! They were in my basket. My clothes. My basket. Wasn't there anything else there? Any sort of clue to my identity? A note? An embroidered hankie? Didn't you even make inquiries?"

"No, Son. Brutally speakin', you was just plain dumped," said his father. "And we took you in, out of the kindness of our 'earts."

"And because you needed the basket."

"Well, yes, there was that."

"There must have been something," insisted Solly. "It was snowing. Wasn't I wrapped in a shawl or anything?"

"Nope. Just the cloth."

"Cloth? What cloth?"

"That bit of old cloth you drag around with you. It was newer then, o' course."

"I was wrapped in my crumb-catching cloth?"


Well, well. It was all coming out now. Solly snatched up his cloth, which had fallen to the floor. He stood turning it over in his hands. Just a plain, blank square, fraying a little on one edge, with a couple of stubborn grease stains that wouldn't come out. No clues there.

"How old was I at the time?" he demanded.

"Well, we don't know, do we?" sniffed his mother. "I do know you was teethin', because you had the spoon in yer mouth -- "

She stopped and clapped her hand to her mouth again.

"Spoon?" said Solly. "What spoon?"

"Now see," muttered Pa Scubbins to his wife. "That's another can o' worms you've opened up."

"Oh, he might as well know it all," cried Ma Scubbins. She raised her sodden face to Solly. "There was a spoon, Son. A fancy silver spoon. You was suckin' on it."

I can't believe this, thought Solly. Revelation after revelation! Doorstep, snow, basket, fancy clothes - and now a spoon?


THE SILVER SPOON OF SOLOMON SNOW by Kaye Umansky. Copyright (c) 2005 by Kaye Umansky. Published by Candlewick Press, Inc., Cambridge, MA.


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So exciting to find a children's book with a great plot and interesting, unpredictable characters. My 8 year old daughter and I couldn't put it down. This was an intoxicating breath of fresh air - a welcome break from the cliches and boredom common in much of children's literature!