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A retelling of the Slavic folktale in which the Month Brothers' magic helps Marushka fulfill seemingly impossible tasks which prove the undoing of her greedy stepmother and stepsister.
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Philemon Sturges was an architect and the author of several books for children, including ""I Love Trains!, I Love Trucks!, I Love Planes!, I Love School!, "" and ""I Love Bugs!""From School Library Journal:
Kindergarten-Grade 3-Large-eyed, fair-haired Marushka is sent by her evil stepmother and stepsister into a storm in this retelling of a familiar Slavic folktale. She climbs toward the light and discovers the 12 Month Brothers, who help her to meet the impossible challenges that her relatives impose on her-finding violets in January, strawberries soon after, etc. Everyday language ("Your sister wants strawberries! Get some for her") is supported by full-color, water-based illustrations that display a hint of irony. The stepsister's nose is turned up, pig-like, sniffing violets, while Marushka makes a blot on the horizon as she trudges off for berries. Interesting composition lifts this treatment above the ordinary, with well-lit faces and changing angles. In the end, Marushka is free of the two step-bullies and finds friendship in the enduring light of the Month Brothers. Collections that do not include Beatrice Schenk de Regniers and Margot Tomes's Little Sister and the Month Brothers (Clarion, 1976) will welcome this pleasing offering. It makes a satisfying read-aloud or a good choice for independent reading.
Carolyn Noah, Central Mass. Regional Library System, Worcester, MA
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Book Description NorthSouth, 1996. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1558586296
Book Description NorthSouth, 1996. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111558586296
Book Description North-South, 1996. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX1558586296