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The Bravest of Us All

Arnold, Marsha Diane

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ISBN 10: 0803724098 / ISBN 13: 9780803724099
Published by Dial, New York, 2000
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Inscribed by the illustrator Brad Sneed with a full page drawing of a tornado. Bookseller Inventory # 019114

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Title: The Bravest of Us All

Publisher: Dial, New York

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Brad Sneed

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Inscribed by Illustrator(s)

Book Type: Book

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Daring ten-year-old Velma Jean, one of seven brothers and sisters, walks barefoot over sandburs, swims in the new horse tank, even stands up to Alfred the Bull. Every day Velma Jean does something that amazes her siblings. To her sister Ruby Jane, she is the bravest of them all. But when a tornado touches down near the edge of their farm, it is Ruby Jane who must draw upon her inner strength to stand up to the weather and save Velma Jean's life.

Marsha Diane Arnold, winner of the Marion Vannett Ridgeway Award, tells an exciting story about family love and the bravery it inspires. With vibrant art by Brad Sneed soaring across each page, this suspenseful picture book unfolds quickly, spinning its way into a child's imagination.

From School Library Journal:

Kindergarten-Grade 3-A simple story told with the authenticity of oft-told family history is set in flat, Midwestern farm country (ostensibly Kansas) in an indeterminate time that appears to be the 1920s. Velma Jean is the boldest of all her brothers and sisters, unafraid of breaking colts, of meeting strangers, even of the fierce bull, Alfred. By comparison, her admiring sister Ruby Jane feels quite ordinary. "Somehow, bein' the best kitchen helper wasn't near as exciting as bein' the bravest." But Velma Jean harbors a secret, which is revealed when a tornado brews, and the family must seek shelter in the root cellar. Velma Jean is afraid to be cooped up underground, and it is Ruby Jane who has the courage to go after her sister and urge her to safety. The watercolor illustrations set the scene in a slack and windy style. The children are depicted as skinny and loose-limbed as rag dolls, playing around the horse tank in view of the windmill and sorting through Mama's buttons in the pickle crock. Told in a folksy vernacular that relies a bit too heavily on dropped affixes ('cause, nothin', starvin'), the plot seems as predictable as the iconic sunflowers and the wind. That said, however, the story is not without flavor and may be of particular interest for family-history units.
Kate McClelland, Perrot Memorial Library, Greenwich, CT
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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