When Bertha finds an old tumbledown house, she turns it into a cozy home and lives there by herself, until the stormy night when animals come seeking shelter from the rain.
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Madeleine Winch is a painter and printmaker, who has been exhibiting successfully for many years both in her native Australia and internationally. She has illustrated a number of children's books, including Edward Wilkins and his Friend Gwendoline. Madeleine lives in New South Wales, Australia.From School Library Journal:
Kindergarten-Grade 2-- A slim story from Australia . With a tattered coat and bulging knapsack, Bertha wanders through the country. When she comes across a tumble-down house, she decides to move in. She spruces up the place and names it "Come by Chance." One winter night, a storm rages, and one by one, animals come seeking shelter. They are a strange assortment, ranging from farm animals to ostriches and tropical birds. Bertha harbors them all until the spring, when the animals take their leave. One cat remains, and together Bertha and her feline friend wait for next winter when they will again entertain a bevy of animals. According to the blurb, "Come by Chance" actually exists in the Australian bush. Unfortunately, the story inspired by reality falls flat. Readers will wonder why Bertha wanders alone and why the house she finds was deserted (dishes are still in the cupboard and an open book waits on the chair). They'll also want to know how Bertha feeds her menagerie and where the domesticated animals came from. As it is, the story is too slight to engage readers' interest or concern. The illustrations, while beautifully shaded and well executed, are not enough to carry the lackluster text. --Lori A. Janick, Parkwood Elementary School, Pasadena, TX
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