Books by Marguerita Rudolph

HOW A SHIRT GREW IN THE FIELD by Konstantin Ushinsky
Released: Sept. 21, 1992

A 19th-century Russian ``classic,'' originally published in this adaptation in 1967 with illustrations by Yaroslava. The story makes an interesting contrast to Beskow's Pelle's New Suit (1929) and de Paola's Charlie Needs a Cloak (1973): Little Vasya, far from doing the work himself, has no idea how flax is planted, harvested, and processed until he watches his mother and sisters labor through a whole year to complete his beautifully embroidered garment. The details are fascinating (the linen is left out all winter to bleach and soften), as described and as depicted in the gracefully composed illustrations; Weihs's particulars, selected with admirable economy, evoke the Russian setting while her figures and landscape are rendered with a lovely simplicity. An outstanding new presentation for a fine story. Useful note on flax. (Picture book. 4-8) Read full book review >
THE GOOD STEPMOTHER by Marguerita Rudolph
Released: May 4, 1992

``Boris Zakhoder, a well-known writer for children in the Soviet Union'' was the original author of this pleasant tale about a princess who devises a unique way to select a stepmother. The king, afraid of getting a dud (``I would be heartbroken if I were to choose a bad stepmother''), agrees that the choice will be Elena's. She decrees that contestants will make themselves wedding gowns—but the real test is the tiny bandage that Elena secretly puts on her own finger: the maiden who notices that she's hurt is sure to be a loving wife and kind mother. Attractive realistic illustrations round out a story that will be welcomed as much for its contemporary theme as for its traditional setting. (Picture book. 4-8) Read full book review >