THE HOLE IN THE DIKE by Norma -- Adapt. Green


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Norma Green resurrects this story by Mary Mapes Dodge (who had never been to the Netherlands herself) because, in her words, ""I felt there was a need today for young people to read about courage and pride in country,"" and Peter says when it's all over that he's glad he could ""do something for the country he loved so much"" -- yet to our mind it's just the nationalism that might have been edited out of a contemporary retelling, as Peter's concern for his neighbors or even love for the countryside would seem a more natural motive for his feat than devotion to a political entity. In any case Eric Carle's customary collages, complete with windmills, tulips and wooden shoes, project just the conventionalized views of old time Holland and simplified closeups of Peter's struggle that the famous story calls for.

Pub Date: Jan. 24th, 1975
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: T.Y. Crowell