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ABIGAIL MUCHMORE by Lois G. Grambling


An Original Tale

by Lois G. Grambling & illustrated by Susan Havice

Age Range: 5 - 8

Pub Date: March 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-7614-5116-1
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish

Sun-washed watercolors illuminate this literary tale of Abigail Muchmore and her troubles with Mr. West Wind. In spite of a longstanding friendship, one day Mr. West Wind blows Abigail’s bloomers to Sam Golightly’s farm, her pears onto the Pickerel place, and finally her dog clear into the next country. When she has had enough, Abigail Muchmore takes her lariat in hand and ropes in the mischievous West Wind testing her will against his. The first part of this new tall tale seems rather chaotic and difficult to follow, but the second half shines as Abigail stuffs the wind into her storm cellar and holds the door down, until the wind, who blows long and blows strong, finally declares Abigail Muchmore the winner. After extracting promises from Mr. West Wind to blow her dog back home and not to blow menacingly across her farm in the future, Abigail lets Mr. West Wind out. The wind keeps his promise and all is calm on Abigail’s farm. While this offering from Grambling (The Witch Who Wanted to be a Princess, 2001, etc.) is superior to her earlier titles it will not be a first purchase, though storytellers may want to give it a second look. (Picture book. 5-8)