Don't Split the Pole by Eleanora Tate

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Nine-and-a-half-year-old Russell James finds that "a hard head makes a soft behind" when he tries to catch a catfish by hand. A giant glob of Gurdy's Greasy Grape Groaners Gum attacks eleven-year-old Shaniqua Godette, who learns the hard way that you should "never leave your pocketbook on the floor. " And when twelve-year-old height-challenged Tucker Willis saves a life with the help of a ghost, he proves that "big things come in small packages. " A celebration of storytelling and folk wisdom, this is a perfect collection for sharing and reading aloud. Notes at the end explain the origins of the proverbs and the background of the stories.
 

About Eleanora Tate

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Eleanora E. Tate's many acclaimed books for young readers include The Secret of Gumbo Grove, Thank You, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.!, Front Porch Stories at the One-Room School, and Just an Overnight Guest, which was made into an award-winning film. She lives in North Carolina. Cornelius Van Wright is an illustrator for children's books and publications. He works with his wife Ying-Hwa Hu (also an illustrator) on many assignments. Their work has been selected to exhibit with the Bologna Art Show and has appeared in The Society of Illustrators Original Art Show. He and his wife reside in New York City with their 2 children.
 
Published September 8, 1997 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 144 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Tate (Front Porch Stories at the One Room School, 1992, etc.) celebrates African-American storytelling and small-town life in a collection of seven funny, folksy tales spun around proverbs, e.g., ``Big Things Come in Small Packages,'' and ``Slow and Steady Wins the Race.'' Exaggerated characters-...

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Tate (A Blessing in Disguise) jams her stories with sparkling details and memorable characters.

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Inspired by proverbs, seven ""unconventional and exuberant"" contemporary stories ""leap off the page and lodge straight in the funny bone,"" according to PW's starred review.

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