Hurry, Hurry, Mary Dear by N. M. Bodecker

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"Hurry, hurry, Mary dear fall is over, winter's here. Not a moment to be lost, in a minute we get frost! In an hour we get snow! Drift like houses! Ten below!" So begins this hilarious nonsense rhyme by a much-loved writer who won wide critical acclaim and a devoted audience during his lifetime. Now this poem has been illustrated in full color by Erik Blegvad, an old friend of Bodecker's and the only person besides himself that he would allow to interpret work. Poor Mary is the person who must make all the preparation for winter in a frenzied crescendo of activity -- "Churn the butter, smoke the hams, can tomatoes, put up jams" -- leading up to a very funny, very fitting, ending. Illuminated by Bodecker's rare imagination, his glorious sense of the absurd, and his firsthand knowledge of country living, all beautifully matched by Erik Blegvad's wonderous watercolor paintings, this is a book to delight young readers and their elders again and again.
 

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Bodecker was an award-winning Danish author and artist. Erik Blegvad was born in Denmark and studied at the School of Applied Arts in Copenhagen. Mr. Blegvad has illustrated more than one hundred children's books, including "Twelve Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen, "Riddle Road" by Elizabeth Spires, "Hurry, Hurry, Mary Dear!" by N. M. Bodecker, and "Sea Clocks: The Story of Longitude" by Louise Borden. The Blegvads divide their time between England, France, and Wardsboro, Vermont.
 
Published October 1, 1976 by Atheneum. 118 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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The sparkle of Bodecker's unpremeditated, ear-tickling nursery rhymes in It's Raining Said John Twaining (1973) began to fade in Let's Marry Said the Cherry (1974) and here it is all but extinguished.

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Short rhyming couplets speed readers from page to page as Mary's husband issues imperious commands from the comfort of his rocking chair.

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Short rhyming couplets speed readers from page to page as Mary's husband issues imperious commands from the comfort of his rocking chair.

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Ten below!"" He puts Mary through her (nonstop) paces as the rhythms escalate: ""Churn the butter, smoke the hams,/ Can tomatoes, put up jams."" In the company of a black cat, Mary toils inside and outside her well-appointed home, oiling snowshoes, stoking fires, attending to sometimes ludicrous ...

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