An ungainly farm girl named Fanny Agnes has a bit of the Cinderella in her and on the night of the mayor's ball goes out to the garden to wait for her fairy godmother. Instead, Heber Jensen comes a-courtin' and although Fanny dithers and declares she won't do windows, she shucks her princely dreams to throw in her lot with humble Heber. It's a hard life, but she gets treated like a princess in ways she never imagined. This clever tale from the Buehners (It's a Spoon, Not a Shovel, 1995, etc.) has smart twists and takes and is shot through with such tenderness that the telling nearly shimmers off the page. The text yields corny humor and rural circumstance; the artwork is just plain wonderful. With the same oblique, absurdist edge he brought to Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm (1994), Mark Buehner creates an oddly palpable world for Fanny, Heber, and their kids: Readers get to know their home and the land surrounding it, feel the passage of time, share in their modest pleasures and dramas, and come to love these folk. A delightful wedding of winsome story and ingenious illustrations; there is no more to be asked of a book.