Squash It! by Eric A. Kimmel

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The King of Spain's fondness for a louse that bit him leads to good fortune for a clever peasant.

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Eric Kimmel was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1946. He received a bachelor's degree in English Literature from Lafayette College. He also has a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Illinois. He was an elementary school teacher and college professor before becoming a full-time writer. He has published over fifty titles, many of which have won state and national awards. His titles "Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins" won the Caldecott Honor Medal, "The Chanukkah Guest" and "Gershon's Monster" won the Sydney Taylor Picture Book Award and "Anansi and the Talking Melon" won the Utah Children's Choice Award. Kimmel travels nationally and internationally visiting schools and talking about his books and telling stories. Robert Rayevsky was born in Russia and now lives in Massachusetts with his family, three cats, and a miniature dachsund. His many children's books include Under New York, by Linda Oatman, and The Sleepy Men, by Margaret Wise Brown.
Published March 1, 1997 by Holiday House. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A humorous adaptation of a Spanish story similar to Verna Aardema's retelling of The Riddle of the Drum (1978, o.p.), although Kimmel (Onions and Garlic, 1996, etc.) cites Ruth Sawyer's Picture Tales from Spain as his source.

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A tiny louse bites the king of Spain, who refuses to squash it (""It has royal blood in its veins,"" says the king.

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