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It Couldn't Be Worse

illustrated by Vlasta van Kampen

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list price: $18.95
edition:Hardcover
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published: Feb 2003
ISBN:9781550377835
publisher: Annick Press
Description

The tiny house had just one room for the farmer, his wife, their six children, and the grandparents. They quarreled and fought and got in each other's way. It couldn't be worse!

On hearing of their difficult situation, a wise old fishmonger suggests the family take their goat inside the house with them. The farmer's wife is dumbfounded by this strange advice. But as the fishmonger is such a wise man, she follows his suggestion.

The next day the farmer's wife tells the fishmonger that things couldn't be worse! He smiles and tells her to take their sheep into the house, then things will get better. As the woman and her husband push and pull the sheep into the house, they remind themselves that the fishmonger must be a wise man.

Next the farmer's wife is advised to bring the pig into the tiny house, and soon they have been convinced to bring all the barnyard animals inside. Finally, the desperate woman returns to the fishmonger and tells him that things couldn't be worse! He smiles broadly and tells her to take all of the animals out of the house, then things will definitely get better. And of course they do. He was, after all, such a wise man!

This adaptation of a classic folk tale unfolds with sprightly illustrations, richly colored and filled with hilarious details.

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Contributor Notes

Vlasta van Kampen is the author and illustrator of A Drop of Gold, which won the IODE Book Award and the Blue Spruce Book Award. She has illustrated over 30 books, including What's the Difference?, which was nominated for the Silver Birch Award. Vlasta teaches at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto.

 

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
3 to 6
Grade:
p to 1
Editorial Reviews

Designed with pre- and beginning readers in mind ... this is a good rendition of the tale.

— School Library Journal

The brightly colored illustrations are hilarious and sure to amuse children... a good one to read aloud to very young children or for older primary children to read independently. Highly recommended.

— Library Media Connection

The hilarity of the evolving solution will tickle listener and reader alike... bright and busy illustrations catch all the comical absurdity of this quaint and quirky folktale.

— Chicago Sun Newspapers

Bright, cheery watercolors match the puckish charm of this folktale ... festooned with humor.

— Booklist

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