IDA FANFANNY by Dick Gackenbach


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Frowsy and fat, Ida lives with her geese Gert and Dan so high on the mountain top that there's no such thing as weather. One day a peddler comes up and sells her four magic pictures, which she can enter merely by (respectively) singing, humming, whistling, and fiddling her favorite song. And so to the tune of ""Coming Round the Mountain,"" Ida tries out Spring (lovely until rain turns the land to gooey mud), Summer (delightful until a thunderstorm drives her back home), Fall (the colors are beautiful until a north wind blows off all the leaves), and Winter (great fun but too cold). Disgruntled at first by the seasons' fickleness, Ida acknowledges later that ""Each one has its good parts,"" and her wise goose Gert supplies the moral with ""Well then, enjoy them while the magic lasts, and then move on."" The story itself starts out unpromisingly with a hard-to-picture premise, but clears up satisfactorily toward the end. Fair to middling.

Pub Date: Sept. 6th, 1978
Publisher: Harper & Row