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The Old Woman Who Lived In A Vinegar Bottle

The Old Woman Who Lived In A Vinegar Bottle

Author: Margaret Read MacDonald
Illustrator: Nancy Dunaway Fowlkes

For this retelling of a favorite British folktale, I stress the fairy's traveling rhyme and the old woman's complaining, "Oh what a pity! What a pity, pity PITY!" Children will love to chant it with you.

Type Year Publisher Price Length   ISBN
Hardcover  1995  August House  $15.95    0-87483-415-5 

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"MacDonald is in fine form, preceding the tale with a learned discussion of variants, then rendering it in a rapid, comic style."  ...Kirkus Reviews

"Fowlke’s bold, exuberant watercolor and ink paintings are clear enough for group read-alouds, yet are packed with enticing details for independent readers and on-on-one listeners."  ...School Library Journal

"MacDonald presents a retelling that is so rhythmic and conversational even a first-time storyteller will be successful. Fowlkes' energetic, brightly patterned ink-and-watercolor illustrations are sized right for storytime as will, with the vinegar bottle discreetly showing up in every spread. "  ...Booklist, Oct 1, 1995 Susan Dove Lempke

"With brightly colored illustrations and chant-like refrain...will delight children ages 4-7. "  ...Education Today, Feb 1996


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