Author: Rumer Godden
Illustrator: Mairi Hedderwick
Publisher: Viking, 1970(Illustrations,1972)
Themes: simple living, folk tale, wishes
Opening: Once upon a time there was an old woman who lived in a vinegar bottle.* (read the book to find out what is meant by a “vinegar bottle”.)
Summary: (from my library catalog) In this British variant of a traditional tale, an ungrateful woman who complains constantly about her house is granted increasingly grandiose wishes by a fairy.
I picked this book because: As some of you know, it is not commonplace for me to choose a picture book with a lot of text! But I was soooo intrigued by the title! And I enjoyed sinking in to a wonderful writer’s voice and retelling of an old folk tale. As we head into colder months I think this might be just the ticket for sharing while waiting for something delicious to come out of the oven! Enjoy!
Resources/activities: read other titles for children from Rumer Godden; consider and discuss the kind of home you occupy, does it fit your needs, too big or too small? If you had a few wishes, what might you wish for? Do you know if someone you love has a wish you might fulfill? Draw the items you think you need to be content – how much space do you need?
For more Perfect Picture Book Friday picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.