The little old lady who shrinks ``to the size of a teaspoon'' at unexpected moments has appeared in several story collections (Mrs. Pepperpot to the Rescue, 1963); this amusing additional tale is a good sample of their Scandinavian flavor. When her own well goes dry, Mrs. Pepperpot tries to break the ice in another one nearby, but she's chased by a belligerent moose. Undaunted, she sets out again with a pole, and then with a gun, all to no avail--the baleful moose still hovers. She finally decides to make do with snow, but she suddenly shrinks and falls into her pail, which rolls downhill and gets hooked on the moose's antler--thus giving him a well-deserved fright. Berg, a Swedish political cartoonist who was Prysen's original illustrator, depicts the doughty heroine looking appropriately like a somewhat frazzled pepperpot and also provides authentic details of the northern landscape. In the excellent translation, the rather old-fashioned story moves along with brisk good humor. An attractive book that will especially entertain newly independent readers. (Picture book. 5-8) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From School Library Journal:
Kindergarten-Grade 3-- A new, modernized translation, in picture-book format, of a story originally published in Mrs. Pepperpot Again (Astor-Honor, 1961). The little old lady who has the unfortunate trait of shrinking to the size of a pepperpot at inopportune moments meets a bothersome moose as she walks to the edge of the woods to draw some water from her well. After several comical failed attempts to get water, she finds herself in small form in her bucket, rolling down the hill toward the animal; he retreats to the woods, leaving the tiny woman hanging from a tree branch. Berg has replaced his original tiny pen-and-ink sketches of Mrs. Pepperpot with large pen-and-ink and watercolor pictures--many three-quarter page--surrounded by detailed scenes of her house and the nearby forest. It's an appealing format with which to introduce a beloved character of Scandinavian children's literature to a new generation of American children. --Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
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