PPBF: Hurry, Hurry, Mary Dear

HHMDcoverAuthor: N. M. Bodecker
Illustrator: Erik Blegvad
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry, 1998 (originally written in 1975)
Ages: 6-9yrs
Themes: poetry, married life, New England
Opening: American history is filled with stories of brave and powerful men…but have you ever wondered where the women are?
HHMD1Summary: (from my library catalog) A woman frantically rushes to prepare for the fast-approaching winter while her husband sits idly by.

HHMD2I like this book because: Let’s just say I can easily empathize with Mary! Ha! I love the depiction of the change of seasons in Erik Blegvad’s New England, and the simple understated humor in both words and text. I won’t spoil the ending, but I do hope you can get hold of a copy to find out!

HHMD3Resources/activities: Talk about how chores are shared in your household, what chores are specific to the change of seasons.


For more PPBF selections including resources and activities, go to Susanna Hill’s blog: HERE

Love the cat's shadow in this !

Love the cat’s shadow in this !

20 thoughts on “PPBF: Hurry, Hurry, Mary Dear

  1. I rushed to my online library account and found – to my delight – that they DO have this book as well as a 118 page title called
    “Hurry, hurry, Mary dear! And other nonsense poems / written and illustrated with pen sketches by N. M. Bodecker.” Ordering them both! TYVM

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      • Got both! My HURRY HURRY is copyright 1998, and has an extremely touching foreword from the illustrator. The 1976 poetry collection, illustrated by Bodecker, is absolutely charming. I would push Shel Silverstein aside to read Bodecker! Now I must order “Let’s Marry Said the Cherry.” Jane Yolen is quoted on the back flap saying “I love this slender book and will fight any of my children to death who try to steal it.” 🙂

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  2. That’s interesting! I only know of N. M. Bodecker as the awesome illustrator of Edward Eager’s magic series…I didn’t know s/he also wrote stuff. I will definitely have to check this out.


  3. Yes, I was struck by the spare text of a book written in 1975. Since it was reprinted in 1998, it certainly has remained a great book. I love the story and the illustrations. I think of my own grandmother at that time doing the same things. This is a gem! Lovely share, Robin.


  4. I know I read this many years ago, Julie…but thank you for sharing it today…I had forgotten about it and will get a copy at the library…hopefully they have it…I can definitely relate to Mary. 😉


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