Rosie's Fiddle by Phyllis Root

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Rosie O'Grady can outfiddle the devil himself, say her neighbors, and one day the devil challenges her to a contest.

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Phyllis Root says this story was inspired by her childhood memories of Mother Holle, a character in German fairy tales. She lives in snowy Minneapolis, Minnesota. Kevin O'Malley was in the fourth grade when he decided to illustrate books for children. He has a wild sense of humor and it comes through loud and clear in his books. In 1992, he made his children's book debut with Froggy Went A-Courting, based on a well known folk ballad. Kevin has illustrated books written by other writers, such as Cinder Edna and Chanukah in Chelm and has worked in animating multimedia displays for clients including the Smithsonian Institution. His latest books range from nonfiction to outrageous humor. Kevin lives in Baltimore, Maryland with his artist wife and two sons.
Published March 18, 1997 by HarperCollins. 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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But this time Rosie's music wins the match, by sending the Evilmeister himself waltzing faster and faster through the fields until he dances himself into a puff of smoke.

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Dueling musicians make their fiddle strings sizzle in this cornfield showdown based on an American folktale (one popularized in the Charlie Daniels Band's The Devil Went Down to Georgia). Unsmilin

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Root, whose Aunt Nancy and Old Man Trouble also featured a test of wits with the devil, provides lively colloquial narration: the devil's first tune ""blew the feathers off Rosie's hens, and scattered the bare-naked chickens half across town,"" but Rosie's playing brings ""a soft little breeze [t...

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