Bobbi Miller One Fine Trade

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George Piney Woods, the best peddler who ever lived, wants to make a trade for a silver dollar so his daughter can buy a wedding dress. After several transactions, he finally succeeds with one fine trade.

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Will Hillenbrand has illustrated numerous books for children, including "The Last Snake in Ireland" by Sheila MacGill-Callahan and "Wicked Jack" by Connie Nordhielm Wooldridge. He lives in Ohio with his family.

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PreSchool-Grade 3—With origins in a Southern folk song, this entertaining romp follows the journey of a jaunty peddler named Georgy Piney Woods. Daughter Georgianne has her eye on a wedding dress, so she asks "Dadaw" to trade her "rail-skinny horse for a shiny silver dollar." Woods sets off down the road, making a series of exchanges in which he seems to be getting the short end of the stick (literally, as it turns out). After accepting and relinquishing a fat brown cow and an old hound dog, he winds up with a cypress stick that swells to an enormous height after an encounter with a rattlesnake. The happy-go-lucky trader's final deal involves a railroad man who chops that cypress into 303 railroad ties, a rainstorm that reduces their size drastically, and the man's spouse—who is in the market for a large quantity of toothpicks. The dress is purchased and all is well—until the daughter requests a veil. The ink and pencil scenes were scanned and digitally manipulated, with colored pencil and gouache additions to the final work. This creates a convincing depth. The backgrounds are soft and muted, with increasing saturation and detail as one moves forward through the layers. The outlandish events and droll caricatures are supported by lively language that is full of rhythm and fun to read aloud. A traditional tale, freshly fashioned.—Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library
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