Willa and the Wind (Ala Notable Children's Books. Younger Readers (Awards))

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Young Willa Rose is bold, clever, and courageous. She is brave enough to ask Old Windy, the north wind, to return the cornmeal that he stole. Old Windy gives Willa a magic handkerchief in return for the missing cornmeal, but it is soon stolen by an innkeeper. Thinking that the north wind has tricked her, Willa returns to his great stone house and gives him a piece of her mind. Again, the north wind presents her with a gift, and again the innkeeper steals it. Will Willa ever outwit the cunning innkeeper?

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About the Author:

Janice M. Del Negro is a reviewer, children's literature professor, storyteller, and writer. About the Illustrator Heather Solomon has illustrated many children's books, including Children's Magazine (America) Best Book of the Year: If I Were a Lion.

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Grade 1-4–A girl visits the North Wind to rebuke him for keeping the rain clouds away and for blowing away the last bit of cornmeal. Old Windy, blustery and only slightly chastened, provides her with a magical, food-producing handkerchief, but a wicked innkeeper whom she encounters on her route home steals it from her. Willa returns twice more to Old Windy, who gives her a second magical gift–a gold-producing goat, quickly stolen by the innkeeper–and finally a third–a whistle to call up the wind and spin the man until he returns her other gifts. Del Negro's retelling of Peter Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe's The Lad Who Went to the North Wind invests the tale with an immediacy that will be great for telling or reading aloud. The magic, combined with the satisfaction of justice served and patience and courage rewarded, is a perfect recipe, told with a twinkle. Solomon's big-boned, big-eyed elongated figures echo the story's northern roots but have a delicious energy of their own in the swirling full-color, full-page illustrations. –Kathie Meizner, Montgomery County Public Libraries, Chevy Chase, MD
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