Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Maggie B– A Picture Book with Classic Appeal

I love talking about books... what teacher doesn't? Thanks to Deanna Jump and her Let's Talk About Books Linky for giving me a weekly reason to do so!

I have an oldie but goodie this week. The Maggie B. is written and illustrated by Irene Haas. Margaret Barnstable wishes on a star and wakes up the next morning in her own ship, and so the adventure begins. This story celebrates a child's desire to be independent, self-sufficient, and capable in times of trouble. Margaret proves she is a farmer, cook, artist, loving big sister, and no sissy when it comes to battling a raging storm.

Ms. Haas' accompanying watercolors are simply beautiful and lend a wonderfully warm ambiance to the story. So important for this storyteller teacher, the prose in the book leads to a sometimes lyrical, sometimes thrilling read. I speed up the tempo when the storm comes and give a big unexpected bang on the wall beside me when Margaret slams the door against the wet wind. The kids give a startled jump at this exciting part before they settle down to enjoy the rocking of the little ship on the waves again. And we can almost taste that good sea stew. Yum!

Yes, this is a book that will delight kids' senses, especially their growing sense of big kid autonomy. It was first published in 1975, reprinted in 1997, and is still available today, which gives testimony to it's timeless appeal. I hope you'll check it out.

The only thing I like better than kids' books are stories from my kids... so if you're in the mood for a story with a chuckle, check out this post from last week!

Now click on Deanna's linky below and scoot on back to Mrs. Jump's Class to find more great books!

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  1. This book looks gorgeous! I must have it! What a wonderful book to read at the beginning of a school year.
    The Meek Moose

    1. Yes, it is a goodie! And having read some of your posts, which I enjoy, I bet you have some funny kid stories tucked away in that brain or yours... you might think about linking up with me next Friday to tell one of them on Funny Kid Friday :) Thanks for comment!