KINDLE ME A RIDDLE by Roberta Karim


A Pioneer Story
Age Range: 5 - 9
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PLB 0-688-16204-5 When young Constance accidentally lets the cabin’s fire die out, her father composes a riddle to cheer her up, spawning a riddle marathon as the entire family participates in creating conundrums. Karim devises clever puzzles that reveal the origins of items that would be commonplace for a pioneer, e.g. before it was a basket, it was “saplings that leaned in the wind.” The riddles cover everything from the johnnycakes to Constance’s cornhusk doll. An addendum, “The Life of a Pioneer Family,” provides further information about the objects in the riddles, such as how a log cabin was constructed and why Constance and her father would have gone to their neighbor’s to revive their spent fire. Andersen’s oil paintings depict carefully researched, authentic scenes from pioneer life and capture the strong, loving family bonds that resonate in the text. The sparkling tale is fun to read and illuminating, and will round out any lesson on early settlers. (Picture book. 5-9)

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 1999
ISBN: 0-688-16203-7
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Greenwillow
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 1999