Monday, February 2, 2015

A Picture Book a Day for a Year: Day 289


Picture Book: Clever Beatrice

Author: Margaret Willey

Illustrator: Heather Solomon

Summary: Beatrice may be clever, but she is also worried. One day her mother warned her that they were running out of porridge. She asked her mother if it was time for her to go into the world to make money to help provide for the family home. Her mother explains that there are only two ways to make money in their land. Beatrice is too small to lumberjack. The only other way it to engage in the gambling tendencies of their neighbor, a rich giant who loves to gamble on his strength. Through a series of three bets and Beatrice’s quick thinking, she manages to obtain all of the giant’s gold coins. The dull giant even feels lucky in the end because he hasn't lost more.

Hanna’s Comments: This is a story set in the northern peninsula of Michigan in the USA. On the end papers, you’ll find a map of the area and some of the places that are mentioned in the book. Connect this story to elements of David’s battle with the giant Goliath, particularly how David and Beatrice might have had similar motivations for their families.

Original Publisher & Date of Publication: Atheneum, 2004

Age & Grade Appropriateness: 4 and up, Pre and up

# of Pages: 40

Available in Spanish? Not at present

Formats other than Book: None at present

PBT Category: Post 2k

PBT Topics this Book connects with: abilities, action, adventure, affirmation, America, bravery/courage, challenges, confidence, deception/dishonesty/lies/lying, family, gifts/giftedness/talents, mothers, poverty, risking, strength/strength in God, wisdom

Scripture Connections: David and Goliath (Samuel 17:1-58)

Idea(s) for Application: Use this picture book in a lesson on David and Goliath. Be sure to have the children in your faith community point out connections between the two stories such as their youth, surprising courage, and their desires to protect their families.