________________ CM . . . . Volume XI Number 10 . . . . January 21, 2005

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Ms. Bee’s Magical Bookcase.

Margriet Ruurs. Illustrated by Andrew Gooderham.
Toronto, ON: Chestnut Publishing Group, 2004.
32 pp., pbk., $10.95.
ISBN 1-894601-10-6.

Subject Headings:
School librarians - Juvenile fiction.

Kindergarten-grade 3 / Ages 5-8.

Review by Ruth Daunheimer.

***½ /4

excerpt:

And every day of the week, Ms. Bee told stories. The students came in the library to exchange their books and listen to a new story. Wonderful stories. Amazing stories. Stories that no one knew where they came from.

 

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Ms. Bee appears to be an ordinary (perhaps stereotypical) school librarian with her glasses perched on the end of her nose, her hair worn in a bun, and her feet shod in sensible shoes. While she demonstrates good knowledge of the library, what really sets her apart is her storytelling ability, something the children enjoy to the point of forgetting everything else, and even the principal and janitor stop in to listen. When asked by the children if the stories were true, Ms. Bee would answer “maybe or maybe not.” On Fridays, she would be seen carrying a large bag of books home. Once there, she "let her hair down" and opened her bookcase, out of which came her best friends, the storybook characters. She spent the weekend actively involved with these friends and did such things as helping the Three Little Pigs fill out an insurance form, patching Little Boy Blue's jeans, and knitting Little Red Riding Hood a green bonnet as the young girl was tired of red. The characters all returned to the bookcase after the weekend. Monday morning found Ms. Bee back to school with her bag of books and a definite bounce to her step, again telling her library children wonderful stories whose origins remained a mystery (but not to the book’s readers).

     This fun story is enlivened by Gooderham’s artwork which is imaginative and detailed and which captures the fantasy aspect of the storyline.

Highly Recommended.

A retired LPN as well as a grandmother, Ruth Daunheimer lives in Melville, SK.

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