You're the Best, Hannah! (aka Hannah and the Best Father on Route 9W)

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It's springtime in Grand View!

And as always, there's a lot going on. As well as serving square hamburgers and pie a la mode at her family's restaurant, Hannah is getting her new dog, Skippy, ready for the dog show, listing to her favorite radio program, and watching Shirley Temple tap-dance across the big screen. Hannah is also busy helping her father paint he Grand View Restaurant, in the hope that this year they will win the best prize of all.

But no matter how carefully Hannah plans for all the adventures that springtime brings, life is full of surprises. Aunt Becky makes an unexpected visit with some very unusual gifts, and Skippy has his own rules for the dog show. It's going to take one remarkable girl to make sure everything turns out for the best.

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About the Author:

Mindy Warshaw Skolsky, a former teacher, grew up in the Hudson Valley during the Great Depression. She has written five books about Hannah and is currently working on another, a picture book. She lives in Smithtown, NY.

Mindy Warshaw Skolsky, has written four previous books about Hannah and is currently working on another, a picture book. She lives in Smithtown, NY.

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Chapter One

 

Fairy Tales and Matzo Balls

 

Hannah sat in her secret place at the top of the mountain and looked down at the Hudson River. Her dog, Skippy, sat beside her.

"Isnít it beautiful up here, Skippy?" asked Hannah. Her legs hung down over the edge of the mountain, and she swung her feet. Skippy thumped his tail on the ground.

They turned their heads at the same time and looked at each other, nose to nose.

"Oh, Iím so glad youíre my dog," said Hannah. She thought of the day last year when customers had driven off from The Grand View Restaurant and left a little, skinny, shivering puppy behind. The customers had never come back. Hannah had hugged the puppy till it stopped shivering and she had fed it and cared for it till it wasnít little and skinny anymore.

"Youíre so big now!" said Hannah. "I used to carry you up here in my pocket! Now you run up here every day with me to my secret place and you race me down the mountain so fast! And you run up here by yourself now too, and I have to call and call you to come home!"

Skippy licked Hannahís nose.

Hannah fell back onto the ground and looked up at the sky through the branches of a tall tree. She saw layers of branches and twigs filled with fat yellow-green buds. Some of the buds had burst open, and Hannah thought it looked like yellow-green lace popping out of them. She sat back up and looked down at the sun spots sparkling all the way across the river over to the mountain on the other side.

"Oh, spring is really the best time of the year, Skippy!" she said. "And this is my favorite place in the world. I could sit up here and just look and think about things forever." She held up her wrist and looked at her Mickey Mouse watch.

"But itís twenty to eleven!" she said. "We have to go this minute or weíll be late for Letís Pretend!"

Hannah jumped up. Skippy jumped up. Hannah pushed through the high grass that separated the secret place from the mountain road. Skippy followed.

"Race you down the mountain road!" said Hannah. "Last one down is a rotten egg!"

Near the bottom of the mountain road, Hannah stopped.

"Youíre the rotten egg, Skippy!" she said. "I won!"

But when Hannah turned around, Skippy wasnít there. Hannah could just see his tail disappearing up the mountain road.

"SkippyĖno!" yelled Hannah. "I havenít got time to race you back up now. Itís a quarter to eleven. Come backĖor youíll miss the beginning again!"

Skippy kept running up.

"Oh, whatíll I do?" said Hannah. "Itís my favorite one today!"

She looked both ways and crossed Route 9W. She looked back up at the mountain.

"Iíll meet you back home, Skippy!" she called. "I canít be late!"

Then she ran down 9W until she saw the sign on the roof that said:

HUNGRY? THIRSTY? STOP HERE.

THE GRAND VIEW RESTAURANT.

Hannah stopped. She wasnít hungry. She wasnít thirsty. She was home. She couldnít take her eyes off the new colors on the building: bright blue and yellow. For weeks her father had been painting the shingles the two colors so he could win a certificate for the best-looking place on Route 9W. He had finished with the restaurant and now he was working on the garage, where the two blue-and-yellow gas pumps were.

Hannah ran over to say hello to her father.

"Well, how do you like it?" asked Hannahís father. He stopped painting a minute and leaned against the white latticework fence between the garage and the restaurant. "Does this place look like a prizewinner or does this place look like a prizewinner?"

"It looks beautiful," said Hannah. "But I canít talk now. I have to hurry."

"Whatís the hurry?" asked her father.

"Itís ten of eleven. Itís almost time for Letís Pretend!"

Hannah ran over to the restaurant, opened the door, and went inside. She left the door open for Skippy.

"Week-end Special," she read out loud from the little blackboard inside. "Roast beef and mashed potatoes, two vegetables, bread and butter. 65¢." She studied the neat handwriting a moment.

"My mother has the best handwriting in the world," thought Hannah. She picked up a piece of chalk from the bottom of the blackboard and quickly drew roast beef and mashed potatoes in the space her mother had saved for her.

"Iíll draw the carrots and peas later," she said to herself.

She ran into the kitchen. Her mother was peeking into the oven of the big black cast-iron stove.

"Mmm, it smells good!" said Hannah. "Iím back! Skippy almost made me be late."

Hannahís mother looked at the clock.

"Youíve got time," she said. "Calm down. Catch your breath."

"But I have to get myself ready," said Hannah.

"Okay," said her mother. "You get yourself ready. And what about getting Skippy ready for the dog show at the movies this afternoon? Are you going? Remember, if you are, heíll need a bath."

"I didnít decide yet," said Hannah. Hannah only liked to think about one thing at a time. "Iíll decide after Letís Pretend."

"Iím going out for a few minutes and work on my garden," said her mother, "if I can stand to look at those blue and yellow shingles!"

"It looks pretty," said Hannah. "I love it!"

"A checkered building?" asked her mother. "It makes me dizzy! I can just imagine what those judges will think of it." She put on her gardening hat. "Call me if any customers come," she said.

"Okay," said Hannah. She crossed her fingers to keep customers from coming and ran from the kitchen through the living room and into her bedroom. She took the chair from in front of her rolltop desk and dragged it into the living room. She put it in front of the radio, which was in the corner next to the door to the kitchen. Then she looked at her Mickey Mouse watch again.

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