A woman frantically rushes to prepare for the fast-approaching winter while her husband sits idly by.
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Blegvad wittily refreshes his late friend and collaborator's waggish poem about a hardworking, much-put-upon wife and her hortatory husband with this masterfully illustrated edition. As he mentions in a foreword, Blegvad models his Mary on the pen-and-ink version drawn by Bodecker himself in his nonsense collection Hurry, Hurry, Mary Dear! (reissued in 1987 and still in print); Blegvad, however, works in watercolors, splendidly reproduced here with a limpid clarity. The heroine, Mary, is a reedy woman. Her nose has a shape that would not be out of place on a snowman, and her white hair is tucked tidily into a bun?at least as the verse begins. Her husband delivers all the lines: "Not a minute to be lost,/ in a minute we get frost!/ In an hour we get snow!/ Drifts like houses! Ten below!" He puts Mary through her (nonstop) paces as the rhythms escalate: "Churn the butter, smoke the hams,/ Can tomatoes, put up jams." In the company of a black cat, Mary toils inside and outside her well-appointed home, oiling snowshoes, stoking fires, attending to sometimes ludicrous tasks (she "strings the beans" by hanging them on a clothesline). With each pause in the verse, Mary sags, her hair unraveling, her shoulders stooping, but she rallies with each new volley of rhyme. Of course, the husband, lolling in a rocking chair, gets his due in the end; what readers get is an absolute treat, two consummate artists making the most of a good joke. Ages 7-up.
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Ages 5^-8. A rhyme done by Bodecker ("Let's Marry Said the Cherry") more than 20 years ago is here illustrated by his friend, the illustrious Blegvad, and verse and images work in tandem as easily as they must have when both men shared the same studio. A sinewy, white-haired, adorable matron, with axe and pot and shovel and stove, responds to her spouse's exhortations: "Hurry, hurry, Mary dear, / fall is over, winter's here" to "churn the butter, smoke the hams, can tomatoes, put up jams," along with knitting and stoking and oiling and whatnot. The charming illustrations show Mary performing all these activities and growing increasingly frazzled and besmirched, until, in the end, she gives her idle husband his comeuppance with the tea and donuts he has requested, although not in the way he might have chosen. The watercolors are full of the silver-gilt light of early winter, and gorgeous details are worth poring over: tomato plants drawn like lace and green, white, and purple turnips the size of pumpkins. Blegvad's foreword gracefully recalls their long friendship and Bodecker's death more than a decade ago. GraceAnne A. DeCandido
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Descripción Aladdin/Simon & Schuster, New York, NY. USA, 2001. Soft cover. Estado de conservación: New. Estado de la sobrecubierta: No Jacket, as Issued. Blegvad, Erik Ilustrador. First Paperback Edition. 1st paperback edition/1st printing. Nº de ref. de la librería 010067
Descripción Aladdin, 2001. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P110689845960