Clever Beatrice by Margaret Willey

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"Good afternoon, Mister Giant, Sir. I have come to make a bet with you."
Can a very little girl beat a very large giant in feats of strength? That's what clever Beatrice bets on when she marches through the north woods to the home of the giant, hoping to win some of his gold to help her mother buy porridge. The giant heartily agrees to a contest, never imagining the wisp of a girl could out-muscle him. But what he hasn't counted on is how clever Beatrice is...and that brains beat brawn every time.
This tall tale from Michigan's upper peninsula is told in delicious dialect, and introduces a heroine who's as irrepressible as Eloise.
 

About Margaret Willey

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Margaret Willey has published in many genres--picture books, fiction and poetry. She has written six young adult novels, most recently Facing the Music, (Delacorte 1997). In 2002, Clever Beatrice (Atheneum, 2001) won the Charlotte Zolotow Award for best text in a picture book. Her most recent picture book is The 3 Bears and Goldilocks (Atheneum, 2008). A Summer of Silk Moths marks her return to young adult fiction. She lives in Grand Haven, Michigan. Visit her online at www.margaretwilley.com. Heather M. Solomon was named a "Publishers Weekly" Flying Start for "Clever Beatrice, " winner of the Charlotte Zolotow Award. She is also the illustrator of "Clever Beatrice and the Best Little Pony" by Margaret Willey and "If I Were a Lion" by Sarah Weeks. She lives in New Mexico with her husband, daughter, and son, who especially love to share joyous secrets.
 
Published September 1, 2004 by Perfection Learning. 40 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Twice more they bet on feats of strength, and each time the giant hands over his gold without Beatrice having to prove herself—he is that fearful of the amazing strength she claims to have.

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Having bested a giant in her first outing, Beatrice returns to do battle with a tiny elf.

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Beatrice waits up for Père Noël on Christmas Eve and handles him in her own inventive way, snipping off each of the three promised items of proof with plausible reasons for her acquisitions.

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First-time illustrator Solomon makes an impressive debut in this winning tale of a spunky girl who matches her wits against a giant's brawn to save her family from destitution.

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Someone has been running the heroine's pony ragged at night in Clever Beatrice and the Best Little Pony by Margaret Willey, illus.

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