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LUCY ANNA AND THE FINDERS by Sarah Hayes

LUCY ANNA AND THE FINDERS

By Sarah Hayes (Author) , Sarah Hayes (Illustrator)

Age Range: 5 - 7

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 2000
ISBN: 0-7636-1200-6
Publisher: Candlewick

Lucy Anna fills her backpack with an apple, nine pine cones, a few whirligigs, and some nuts and ventures out into the forest to retrieve her stolen little red horse. She challenges “The Finders,” who not only stole her horse but also threaten to eat her. This original fairy tale pits a spunky young girl against two enormous stuffed-animal–type creatures who like to play but whose main desire is to make a good meal out of her. Bravely, Lucy Anna outsmarts the monsters and rides her beloved horse home safely. Hayes’s bold, colored-ink illustrations cover each two-page spread with action. Bigger than life-size creatures, somewhat silly, but just a little scary, confront the heroine in their fantasy forest lair. Little details like the toaster on the forest floor, a favorite clock under one of the Finder’s arms, a trumpet snuggling into a crook of a tree, testament to their “findings,” add interest and humor to the scenes. A pleasant story, a feisty heroine, and a good read-aloud. (Picture book. 5-7)