Three Wise Old Women by Elizabeth Corbett

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Nonsensical appeal and vibrant illustrations will lead young readers right into this picture book in rhyme. The poem about three silly ladies provides illustrator Yu-Mei Han a rollicking chance to show off her style, reminiscent of the earthy characters of Margot Zemach. Uproarious escapades unfold in maxed-out color as the wise women’s wits run away from them, leading them on a fantastic journey over land, sea, and sky—until at last they find themselves happily back at home.

The read-aloud rhyme about the three wacky wanderers offers not a whit of wisdom, but giggles galore.


About Elizabeth Corbett

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Published February 9, 2004 by Dutton Juvenile. 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Transforming a brief bit of 19th-century nonsense verse into an elaborately silly outing, Han sends three women of diverse but mature years, dressed in long, brightly hued pinafores, capering down a country road on a cherry-picking expedition, along with a similarly frisky band of bunnies, birds,...

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The trio sets off for a walk—"One carried a basket to hold some berries,/ One carried a ladder to climb for cherries,/ the third, and she was the wisest one,/ Carried a fan to keep off the sun."

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