Robert D. San Souci The Hired Hand

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The Hired Hand

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As water pours over the wheel of a busy sawmill in Virginia, a stranger tells Old Sam, the owner, that he wants to learn the trade. Old Sam is happy to take on a hired hand, and Young Sam, his son, is glad to have someone to boss around. One day, an old farmer complains about a misery in his back. The New Hand offers to fix him up, and when he does, the farmer is not only cured, he’s young again! But when conniving Young Sam tries to do the same, he finds himself in big trouble. Can the New Hand set things right?

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Remember the sorcerer's apprentice? He had problems with his boss's spells, but at least he never killed anybody. In this African-American folk tale with roots in many cultures, author Robert D. San Souci takes a similar legend and dumps it in the lap of a lazy, selfish boy. Sam won't help out at the mill, and his father handles everything until the day the hired hand arrives. The new employee is a model worker, but he's got other skills, too. Magic ones. Sam tries a few of the newcomer's tricks, and nearly ends up in prison. He ends up wiser instead. As usual, Jerry Pinkney's illustrations add lyric beauty, emotional heft, and a sense of "once upon a time" to this well-told tale.

[Suggested for, but not limited to ages 5-9. The story is an ageless folktale and the illustrations have universal appeal.]

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Robert D. San Souci lives in the San Francisco Bay area. Jerry Pinkney lives in Croton-on-Hudson, New York.

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