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The magic kerchief
Larson, Kirby.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Holiday House, 2000.
Physical Description:
30 pages ; 26 cm
Sharp-tongued and lonely Griselda gets a magic kerchief from a mysterious stranger, and when she wears it she can speak only kind words to the people she meets.
Reading Level:
470 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.8 0.5 42129.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.6 2 Quiz: 27673 Guided reading level: L.
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Clarence Library PZ8.L3286 MAG 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Fairy Tales
Clearfield Library PZ8.L3286 MAG 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Fairy Tales
Williamsville Library PZ8.L3286 MAG 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Julia Boyer Reinstein Library PZ8.L3286 MAG 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Fairy Tales
Audubon Library PZ8.L3286 MAG 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Fairy Tales
Dudley Branch Library PZ8.L3286 MAG 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Fairy Tales

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A magic kerchief brings friendship to lonely, grumpy Griselda.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-8. Grumpy Griselda can't hold her tongue, and her bluntness has alienated the other villagers: even the "priest has left her out of his prayers." Still, she has a soft heart. When an old woman appears one night seeking shelter, Griselda reluctantly takes her in, accepting as thanks a "magic kerchief," supposed to bring her riches. When she wears the kerchief the next day, surprising things do happen: Griselda can only say nice things. Ultimately, she learns that kindess and respect beget the same, and that friends are the real riches. The fairy-tale message is well conveyed in simple, humorous prose, and the whimsical illustrations, in rainbow pastel shades, mix bold patterns with delightful details. As both listeners and Griselda discover, it's never too late to change behavior or experience the joys of both offering and receiving friendship. --Shelle Rosenfeld

Publisher's Weekly Review

Youngsters will likely be hard pressed not to laugh at the way a kerchief works its magic on tart-tongued Griselda. The crotchety old woman has alienated herself from her fellow villagers, but occasionally feels "the weight of her loneliness." One evening a traveler appears begging shelter, and Griselda, grumbling all the while, accommodates her. The visitor rewards her grudging kindness with a beautiful kerchief: "While you wear [it], you will find great riches." "Paah," answers Griselda, but sure enough, the first time she wears it her tongue suddenly seems to have a mind of its own; where once it found insults, now it finds compliments. As surprised as anyone at her unexpected burst of good will, an indignant Griselda returns home and soon receives great riches indeed, as her kind acts are rewarded by a host of new friends. Larson's (the Quinn Kelley books) droll and buoyant original folktale bristles with lively description (e.g., Griselda's lips clamped "as tight as a beggar's fist around a gold coin"), while Litzinger's (Sing, Sophie!) piquant pastels drape it with cheer. Her simple lines and geometric patterns contribute to illustrations seasoned with merry folk-art touchesÄfrom hearts and flowers to the rounded shapes of Griselda and her neighbors, all of them as plump as pincushions. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Griselda has a razor-sharp tongue that she doesn't hesitate to use. She even insults the Lord Mayor by stating, "Paah-A donkey on two legs is still a donkey." As a result, the woman has few friends and is very lonely. One evening, a stranger appears at her door begging for a place to stay the night. Griselda gives her shelter and is rewarded with a magic handkerchief that softens her tongue and soon she is complimenting all of the villagers. As a result, she makes many new friends. The tale is charming and the illustrations match the mood perfectly. The art dominates the pages and is painted in soft, muted pastels. Each page is awash with a different background color, which serves to attract readers' attention. The village people are drawn in a cartoon style and their sizes are exaggerated. Pair this story with Tomie dePaola's Strega Nona (S & S, 1975), Paul Galdone's The Magic Porridge Pot (Clarion, 1979), or Nina Jaffe's The Way Meat Loves Salt (Holt, 1998) for an excellent storytime.-Sheilah Kosco, Rapides Parish Library, Alexandria, LA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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