Old Thunder and Miss Raney by DK Publishing

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Blue-ribbon fun!

"Raney, dear, not everyone can be a winner," teases Beatrice Clover. It's true that Miss Raney and her plodding old horse, Thunder, have never won a single prize at the Washita County Fair. This year Raney is determined to present those judges with the finest stack of biscuits they could ever hope to taste- and win that blue ribbon. But then Raney has more troubles than she can shake a spoon at. Her biscuits burn. Fiddle-dee-dee! Her flour bin is empty. Horsefeathers! A bad storm is brewing and she needs to get to the store fast- but Old Thunder just clop-clop-thunk-thunks along. Still, Miss Raney is mighty determined. Can she and her faithful friend, Old Thunder, find a way to become winners at last? Told in a folksy down-home voice and illustrated in exuberant watercolors, this spirited tale just goes to show that with a little luck, a lot of pluck, and a good friend, dreams can come true. Yes, indeedy!


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Sharon Darrow says that THE PAINTERS OF LEXIEVILLE had its start when she was seventeen and working one summer in an Arkansas county welfare office. "A man and his son came in one day to begin their county jobs, all dressed in white painter's clothing," she recalls. "As the summer wore on, the father and son held themselves with more confidence and pride, and their laundered painting clothes grew as colorful as confetti from drips and drabs of paint." Many years later, Sharon Darrow awoke dreaming of a girl's face, her serious eyes half-covered by long bangs, and the heroine of THE PAINTERS OF LEXIEVILLE was born. The author of THROUGH THE TEMPESTS DARK AND WILD: A STORY OF MARY SHELLEY, CREATOR OF FRANKENSTEIN, illustrated by Angela Barrett, Sharon Darrow teaches in Vermont College's M.F.A. in Writing for Children program. She has three daughters and lives in Chicago. Kathryn Brown lives in western Massachusetts.
Published September 1, 2000 by DK CHILDREN. 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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The flour she has bought is now ""storm sifted"" and super-aerated, producing unusually light biscuits that win Raney and Old Thunder their ribbonDin a most unexpected way.

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