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Ragsale

Bates, Artie A.

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ISBN 10: 0395700302 / ISBN 13: 9780395700303
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company, New York, NY, U.S.A., 1995
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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A terrific first edition copy of this exceptional book. Not ex-library, not price-clipped, no inscriptions, no remainder mark, no signs of prior use or wear. The highly evocative illustrations are Barry Moser-like gems. With any justice, this will become a small Appalachian classic. The lightly shelfworn jacket, with light rubbing to the corners and one small closed tear, is now protected by a mylar Brodart cover. Bookseller Inventory # 26665

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Bibliographic Details

Title: Ragsale

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company, New York, NY, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Illustrated by Chapman-Crane, Jeff (illustrator)

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Edition.

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It's a ragsale day and Jessann, her mom, sister Eunice, Mamaw, Aunt Mary Jane, and cousin Billie Joe set off. Driving to the various ragsales they look for the things they need, but also hope to discover some unique unexpected treasures. While her mom looks for clothes for the family, Jessann searches to find some mittens for riding the sled and Billie Joe combs through the piles of used paperbacks. Always an adventure, ragsalin' makes Saturday a special day for this Appalachian family.

From School Library Journal:

Grade 1-4?A Kentucky author and illustrator team up to provide an evocative picture of a family's day spent searching for "finds" among bundles of used clothes, jewelry, books, and furniture at a series of ragsales. A young girl describes some of the things she and her sister might come home with?some red mittens, a pearl necklace, "a painting that might be by a famous artist...," or a collection of Emily Dickinson's poetry. Surprise bundles await the girls at the end of the day. Their mother sums up ragsale philosophy when she says, "Why pay a lot for clothes when I can fix these up...?" Bates's descriptive prose is reminiscent of George Ella Lyon's, and she is equally adept at portraying Appalachia neither romantically nor pejoratively. There is no stimga attached to buying second-hand goods, and the children in the story think of the outing as a treasure hunt. Chapman-Crane's paintings are slightly dark, much like the inside of an antique store, and although his setting has an old-fashioned ambiance, the characters and events are timeless. His details will be recognizable to anyone familiar with flea markets and similar places, even down to the pattern on a china bowl. Use this title to spark imaginations and possibly to change feelings about dreaded hand-me-downs!?Cheri Estes, Dorchester Road Regional Library, Charleston, SC
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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