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Andiamo, Weasel!
Grant, Rose Marie.
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Publication Information:
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2002.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21 x 27 cm
Reading Level:
340 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.8 0.5 64287.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.9 2 Quiz: 33546 Guided reading level: L.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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A weaselly weasel, a sprinkling of Italian, and a gentle message about self-esteem-all in one gorgeous, funny picture book!

Mamma mia!

Perhaps trusting a weasel was not such a good idea.

First he weaseled his way out of helping to sow and tend the corn, and now he's stolen the entire harvest! What's a little crow to do? She's too piccola to defend herself! So she finds a wolf-a big, snarling one-to help her. But is her new fierce friend really necessary? This piccola crow may find out that her grande spirit is all she needs. . . .
Here is a playful romp through the Tuscan countryside-complete with a sprinkling of Italian and an important message about friendship and self-esteem.

Author Notes

Rose Marie Grant is a sculptor, a painter, and a writer.

Jon Goodell 's most recent picture book is Zigazak! A Magical Hanukkah Night .

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

In her debut picture book, Grant serves up a trickster tale with a Mediterranean twist. "Once, on the golden fields of Tuscany, there lived a weasel and a crow," the story begins, as Goodell (Zigazak! A Magical Hanukkah Night) portrays an itinerant weasel setting eyes on the industrious crow planting corn. "This is such a grande job for such a piccola crow," the weasel points out, adding that if they share the work, they can split the harvest. The crow agrees, but when it comes to the real chores weeding, harvesting and moving the corn into the barn the weasel always finds an excuse to, well, weasel out of his end of the bargain. The crow soon uncovers his scam ("Mamma mia! What a weaselly weasel!"). The ultimate blow occurs when the weasel splits with his half of the harvest: he takes all the corn and leaves the husks for the crow. The would-be trickster is in for a surprise, however, when the crow seeks her "vendetta!" (revenge), proving she "may be piccola in size, but... grande in spirit." Grant's jaunty, lighthearted narrative brims with gusto, and she seamlessly weaves in Italian words and phrases (she ends with a glossary). Goodell's sunny, pastoral paintings reflect the beauty of the setting as well as the humor and action of the story; the crow's eyes belie her intelligence, while the weasel's swagger betrays his intent. Ages 5-8. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-Luscious endpapers featuring tall cypress trees, winding roads, and tile-roofed, stucco farmhouses amid hilly fields transport readers to Tuscany, home of crow and weasel, who are just reaching an agreement to share the planting and harvesting of a corn crop. After all, it is "such a grande job for such a piccola crow," that weasel is glad to lend a hand. But when it comes time to weed and then to gather the crop into the barn before a storm hits, he is conveniently indisposed, and the once-patient crow realizes that she's been had. Enlisting the aid of a wolf, she determines to get revenge, but in the end, it is her own resourcefulness that wins the day. The amusing text is peppered with Italian words, and although a glossary is appended, readers will readily glean their meanings in context. Goodell's large paintings move from the brilliance of a sunny Tuscan day to the menacing clouds that usher in a fierce storm. There are many humorous touches as well: a Mona Lisa look-alike picture in weasel's bedroom; crow's throwing up her wings as she catches weasel in a lie and sighs, "Mamma mia!"; and the expressive faces of the animals. While it is unfortunate that crow herself tricks and makes fun of innocent people to win the wolf's help, youngsters will relish the poetic justice and cheer for the piccola crow who outmaneuvers the much bigger weasel.-Marianne Saccardi, Norwalk Community College, CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.