Mary's Penny

By Landman, Tanya & Holland, Richard

Publishers Summary:
With whimsical illustrations, a feminist fable proves that brains outweigh brawn when three siblings enter a most enlightening competition.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.

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978-0-76364-768-1
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School Library Journal

Reviewed on August 1, 2010

K-Gr 4—A farmer can't decide which of his two sons should take charge after he is "dead and gone," so he challenges each of them to fill the house with a penny's worth of something. When neither of the young men can carry out his mission, he reluctantly allows his daughter to try. Despite the fact that "Everyone knows that girls can't run farms," Mary fills the house with music from a simple, handmade reed flute and with light from a single candle, and her humbled father chooses her to run the farm. You see, Mary's "very spec...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2010

Mary's father, overlooking his daughter, promises the family farm to whichever of his sons uses a penny to "buy something...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Junior Library Guild

Reviewed on September 1, 2010

Tanya Landman carefully paces her retelling of a traditional tale. Although Mary’s brothers take the first turns in their father’s competition, the early declaration that “Mary had brains” hints at the story’s outc...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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