With whimsical illustrations, a feminist fable proves that brains outweigh brawn when three siblings enter a most enlightening competition. (Ages 5-7)
Long, long ago, in the golden, olden days, a farmer devised an ingenious competition to determine who should inherit his farm. Which of his children — Franz, Hans, or Mary — could fill the house with something that cost a mere penny? Did straw do the trick? Were feathers sufficient? Or did it take something a little more creative? Tanya Landman’s retelling of a traditional tale, illustrated with Richard Holland’s stylish artwork, reminds us that sometimes the greatest value can be had for only a penny.
About the Author
Tanya Landman is the award-winning author of I AM APACHE, THE GOLDSMITH'S DAUGHTER, and many other books for young readers. She lives in Devon, England.
Richard Holland is the illustrator of THE MUSEUM BOOK by Jan Mark and THE TIME BOOK by Martin Jenkins. Richard Holland lives in Essex, England.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I've always thought it paid to be smart and that's exactly what Mary thought too even though she was from a long time ago in the golden, olden days!