Judith Mathews An Egg and Seven Socks

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An Egg and Seven Socks

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When a gust of wind blows away seven socks and a darning egg belonging to Lacey, Doily, and Thimblethreads, the three silly sisters set off on a quest to retrieve their belongings.

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Grade 1-3-- In a medieval folkloric setting, three foolish sisters, Lacey, Doily, and Thimblethreads, darn socks for a living. In a limp attempt at humor, one sister is pointlessly depicted as speaking only in rhyme. When a wind blows away their socks plus a darning egg that was their mother's, the women rush to the chase. Along the way in this pastiche of traditional literature, the loopy sisters befriend a sad donkey, amuse a troubled king with their dottiness, contrast city life with their own country existence, and destroy a dragon (who actually chokes on the lost socks). Overcome by its own silliness, the story wobbles to a happy conclusion as the sisters return home no wiser but a little richer. Children will enjoy Hafner's cheerful, humorous full-color cartoon illustrations but may be troubled by an all-too-modern representation of hollow-eyed homeless people cooking over a fire in the street of a seemingly war-torn city. It's unfortunate that this isn't a tighter story on which the artist could spend her considerable talents. --Susan Hepler, Alexandria City Public Schools, VA
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Publishers Weekly:

Good-natured absurdity saves the day when three resourceful sisters slay a fearsome dragon with only a sock. Lacey, Doily and Thimblethreads (who speaks only in rhyme) "knew how to do only one thing--that was to darn socks." So they pass their lives in a flurry of socks until one day a wind blows through their home, carrying off seven socks and a darning egg. (An introduction explains the function of such an egg.) The siblings set out in hot pursuit--"We must get that egg back! It came from MOTHER!"--and unwittingly embark on a dragon-slaying adventure. Mathews's upbeat text contains an engaging blend of fanciful plotting, derring-do and downright silliness sure to hold kids' attention. Vivid colors and comical touches abound in Hafner's illustrations--her characters call to mind jolly Mother Goose figures. Though perhaps short on substance, this larky tale is long on chuckles. Ages 4-7.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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