This children’s book will make your child feel that she can do anything that she sets her mind to! No need for huge muscles or brawn! In ”Clever Beatrice,” Beatrice is only a little girl, but she is so smart! Smart enough to outwit a giant with a ton of gold for the taking. Everyone in town always said how clever she is, but one day she proves it by outwitting the Giant.
This story starts with her mother telling her that they are out of food, one more bowl and then they are out. Beatrice thinks of how she can help. Her mother says there are only two ways to get money, cutting down trees or gambling with the Giant. Beatrice sets out to beat the Giant out of his money. On the way, she waves to the lumberjacks as they finish up their day’s work and head for home. She comes to the sleeping giant and makes a bet with him. She bets him 10 gold coins that she can “strike a blow” harder than he can. As they hold their hands up beside of each other, the giant laughs at the thought.
He wants to know where they will do this and the little girl says his front door. The giant goes first and makes a mighty blow that shakes the walls. The little girl says she might break his door down by her blow and points out the fallen tree at the bottom of the hill. She states that she thought he would need it to make a new door once she has broken his. Liking his old door, he gives her the gold and tells her do not break his door down. Then he wants to make his money back, he suggests another bet.
Whoever can carry the most water to his cabin would win. The giant carries six buckets on each arm back to the cabin. Putting a rope around and around the well, Beatrice says she would rather pull the whole well to the cabin instead of making trips with buckets. The giant says, but if you pull the well out, I will have no water! She says she just wants to win the bet, so she has to do it. The giant gave her 10 more coins and said leave the well. Wanting his money back, the giant suggests another bet…throwing a heavy iron bar.
Once he had thrown the iron bar 200 feet, he watched Beatrice sit by the iron bar thinking. She stood up and asked him if he knew anyone who lived in the East, in Canada. He has brothers in Sault Ste. Marie as they like the wind there. She yelled out loudly that they needed to watch out for the iron bar she was about to throw. The giant says no, do not do that, as he was afraid that they might be upset with him. She then asked if he had brothers in the West near Wisconsin. He said yes, they work in copper mines. Again, she yells that his brothers need to watch out for the iron bar. The giant says no, do not do it, as those brothers might get upset. Beatrice then points toward the south, toward Big Bay de Noc, but the giant says his brothers there fish in the waters. Beatrice again yells out loudly for his brothers to watch out, but the giant says NO! not there.
Beatrice says if she throws it toward the north, it could fall on his cabin. The giant hands over the rest of his gold. He feels lucky as the girl leaves as his brothers are not upset with him, he still has water, and an unbroken door. The last page in the story is Beatrice thinking how her mother would say she was the “most clever girl in the whole north woods.”
The pictures in this book are large, detailed painting-like pictures with bold colors. The people in the pictures look flat more than 3-D. Their facial features are large for their faces. This story book is not written in rhyme. I love that a little girl outwits the giant and a little girl ends up being the heroine of the story. With a little girl heroine, interesting plot, and surprising twists to the story, this book called ‘Clever Beatrice’ keeps the reader engaged in the story.
”Clever Beatrice” is a wonderful book for children, especially little girls. With a little girl heroine as the lead in the book, it will make little girls feel that they can do anything. That the most strength is not always found in who has the largest muscles.
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