Lynne Bertrand; Kevin Hawkes Granite Baby

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Granite Baby

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Five giant sisters meet their match in one tiny baby!

Back when folks first discovered granite, five burly sisters ruled the mountains of New Hampshire. No problem was too big for those women. But when one sister carves a real live baby out of granite, a big problem appears that is, you might say, too small.
Lil Fella wailed so much that no one north of the Kancamagus Highway could eat, sleep, or plow. "Do something!" everyone demanded. But what? The five gals, who are strong enough to move mountains, are flummoxed . . . until a young backwoods girl named Nellie offers a small, simple suggestion.

With its droll humor and inventive, witty pictures, this uproarious tall tale is a true original - one not to be missed.

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About the Author:

Lynne Bertrand's One Day, Two Dragons was a New York Times Book Review Notable Book. She lives in Williamsburg, Massachusetts.

Kevin Hawkes is the acclaimed illustrator of books such as The Man Who Made Time Travel by Kathryn Lasky, an ALA Notable Book, and Weslandia by Paul Fleischman. He lives in Gorham, Maine.

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Kindergarten-Grade 4–When five giant sisters open a quarry on Umbagog Lake in New Hampshire, one of them carves a miniature granite town, finishing with a tiny stone baby. Lil Fella wails unceasingly, and the siblings can't get him quiet. Nellie, a young wannabe stonecutter, offers some ideas—give him warm clothes, food, etc. However, since everything the sisters fashion is of stone and giant-sized, nothing works. Finally, human-sized Nellie takes the infant into her arms and rocks him to sleep. The sisters realize that a cozy cradle and soft smile do more for a fussy baby than all the newfangled granite creations they can provide. With its larger-than-life female superachievers, this delightful story is a welcome addition to the male-dominated canon of tall tales. Bertrand also provides a twist to the usual format, for unlike heroes such as Paul Bunyan and Sally Ann Thunder, the enormous sisters are unable to solve their problem with their colossal talents, but must rely on a clever, but much smaller, girl. This turnabout will resonate with youngsters who often feel overwhelmed by a world of adults. The story is well told, the setting is clearly described, and the vocabulary has a down-home flavor that adds to its comforting tone. Hawkes's brightly colored acrylic paintings are filled with interesting details, his landscape is decidedly New England, and his characters' emotions are plainly visible in their facial expressions and trademark big eyes. This rock-solid tall tale will quickly become a favorite.–Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI
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