Larky Mavis by Brock Cole

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Another orginal picture-book fairy tale

Larky Mavis, an eccentric soul, finds three peanuts in the middle of the road. The first tastes like liver and onions. The second, like bread pudding. And the third -- well, inside the third is a baby. Larky Mavis decides to name it Heart's Delight and to take care of it. She shows it to the teacher, and he says it looks like a worm. She asks the parson to christen it, but he thinks it's a mouse. And when she asks the doctor to help her teach the baby to say "Ma," he thinks it's a deformed bird. And indeed, Heart's Delight has sprouted wings. As Mavis's charge grows and grows, readers will recognize that Heart's Delight is something akin to an angel, and the townspeople also realize that it is something special, but they want to take it away. And as much as Larky Mavis tries to protect Heart's Delight, it is the peanut-shell baby who turns out to be Mavis's savior in the end.

This unusual tale is illustrated by the author in lively watercolors.

About Brock Cole

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Brock Cole's previous picture book, Buttons, was a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book for Picture Book and the Top of the List of Booklist's Editors' Choices. He lives in Buffalo, New York.
Published August 3, 2001 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 32 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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With curling wisps of line and color, Cole depicts Mavis as an unkempt redhead living outdoors, caring for a trio of disheveled children as well as her Heart’s Delight as townsfolk in country dress look on with increasing unease.

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Suddenly the schoolmaster, the parson and the doctor find uses for Heart's Delight, but he has his own purpose: he carries Mavis into the sky to an unnamed destination.

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