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Aunt Minnie and the twister
Prigger, Mary Skillings.
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New York : Clarion Books, [2002]

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35 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
After a tornado rearranges their Kansas house, Aunt Minnie and the nine nieces and nephews living with her add on a much-needed new room.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.1 0.5 57969.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Picture Books
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From warm-hearted storyteller Mary Skillings Prigger and award-winning illustrator Betsy Lewin comes another affectionate, humorous tale about the indomitable spinster Aunt Minnie and her nine adopted nieces and nephews. Minnie keeps her growing kids busy--they plant in the spring, harvest in the summer, and can in the fall. But when a wild twister sweeps through the farm one spring day, everything turns topsy-turvy. Luckily, Aunt Minnie knows just what to do! Evocative, rhythmic text and joyful watercolors depict the passing of seasons on a small farm and paint an affectionate portrait of a true problem solver and her spirited and loving family.

Author Notes

BETSY LEWIN is the well-known illustrator of Duck for President; Giggle, Giggle, Quack; and the Caldecott Honor-winning Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type, all written by Doreen Cronin. She lives in New York City.

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Booklist Review

Ages 4-7. Aunt Minnie's nine orphaned nieces and nephews are starting to grow. Unfortunately, her house isn't--and it's a noisy and raucous place to be. But as in Aunt Minnie McGrannahan (1999), teamwork and hugs are the household's staples, both of which come in handy when a twister forces everyone to the cellar. After the storm passes, the family emerges to find the house completely turned around: "The front was facing the johnny house, and the back was in the front!" The solution: add a room to make the back the front-and thereby make more living space for the loving family. The kids help, of course. Lewin's charming, loose-lined, ink-and-watercolor art brings out the liveliness of the story, eliciting the energy of the children, the danger of the twister, and the generosity of Minnie herself. The text is longer than in most picture books, but the warm story and animated illustrations will make kids smile. --Mary Frances Wilkens

Publisher's Weekly Review

In this sequel to Aunt Minnie McGranahan, the tidy Kansas spinster takes on a tornado and its effects the same way she earlier took in nine orphaned nieces and nephews with humor, determination, love and top-notch organizational skills. Enlivened by Lewin's characteristically witty, invigorated pen-and-watercolor art, the story affords an enlightening and entertaining look at 1920s Midwestern farm life. Prigger details the family's well-structured and chore-filled life (interesting in itself) and sets the stage for the whirlwind storm that arrives one spring day. Lewin does the twister full justice, picturing it moving through a lemon-colored sky, the wind almost palpable as the children, trying to hold on to each other, struggle toward the root cellar. After the family emerges safely, they find their small home unscathed but turned around: "The front was facing the johnny house, and the back was in the front!" Her can-do disposition intact, Minnie simply decides to make a new front to the house and add another room onto the back for her growing charges, "and Aunt Minnie's kids knew they had a home for as long as they wanted." This heroine and her brood prove once again that they can weather any storm. Ages 4-8. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3-Tornado-prone Kansas is the setting for this affecting sequel to Aunt Minnie McGranahan (Clarion, 1999). Lewin's whimsical watercolors, outlined with fluid black strokes, depict the nine lively orphans in their crowded, but loving home. Minnie runs a tight ship, and the children have learned to drop everything when her old school bell starts clanging. It summons them to safety in the root cellar just as a twister threatens, and when they emerge (Minnie's face in the sunlight, framed by shadows is priceless), the family discovers that the house has been turned around. The front door faces the outhouse! Reversing front and back and adding a "new room on the back of the old front of the little house" solves that problem as well as the space issue. The creativity and strength of the family against the backdrop of disaster makes for a satisfying read. A perfect choice for intimate settings.-Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.