Ma's been working so hard, she doesn't have much left over. So her three kids decide to do some work on their own. In the dark of night, they steal into their rich neighbor's potato fields in hopes of collecting the strays that have been left to rot.
They dig flat-bellied in the dirt, hiding from passing cars, and drag a sack of spuds through the frost back home. But in the light, the sad truth is revealed: their bag is full of stones!
Ma is upset when she sees what they've done, and makes them set things right. But in a surprise twist, they learned they have helped the farmer and are invited to do this every year. And with love and pride, Ma makes the kids what they wanted all along -- a big pan of her wonderful mouthwatering spuds, sliced thin as fingernails and fried up crusty brown , hot and sparkling with salt.
Only Karen Hesse could construct such a delicate and delicious narrative, filled with stunning images and overflowing with love. Wendy Watson's glowing, primitive-styled art is a perfect compliment to the text.
Awards and Honors for CATS IN KRASINSKI SQUARE by Karen Hess and Wendy Watson
ALA Notable Children's Book
NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book
Sydney Taylor Award - Honor Book
IRA Notable Book for a Global Society
Koret Jewish Book Award
Level 4, 0.5 Points
|Grouped Work ID||14df0974-2c9a-0de3-4826-f230a95a58bd|
|Grouping Author||hesse karen|
|Last Grouping Update||2019-10-15 04:44:19AM|
|Last Indexed||2019-10-15 04:48:14AM|
|collection_arlington||Kids Picture Books|
|detailed_location_arlington||Aurora Hills Kids Picture Books|
Central Kids Picture Books
Shirlington Kids Picture Books
|display_description||Maybelle, Jack, and Eddie want to help Ma by putting something extra on the table, so they set out in the dark to take potatoes from a nearby field, but when they arrive home and empty their potato sacks, they are surprised by what they see.|
|lexile_code||AD: Adult Directed|
|owning_library_arlington||Arlington Public Library|
Connection Crystal City
|subject_facet||Brothers and sisters -- Juvenile fiction|
Country life -- Juvenile fiction
Potatoes -- Juvenile fiction
|title_full||Spuds / by Karen Hesse ; illustrated by Wendy Watson|