Goody O’Grumpity

Goody, a Pilgrim, bakes a spice cake and the children come running, first to lick the bowl and then, best of all, to sample the cake itself. Wolff takes this 1937 poem by  Newberry medalist Carol Ryrie Brink, and brings it to life with her bold, detailed, hand-colored linoleum prints. The action is simple. The illustrations provide a strong sense of time and place. Details pertaining to the dwellings, dress, and occupations of the townsfolk are all consistent with the colonial setting. Goody collects her ingredients from the nearby cows and hens, churns her own butter, and places the cakes in a community stone oven. As the aroma wafts over the land, readers’ vision of this past life is expanded as they follow the smoky trail through the woods to the neighboring Indian settlement. The book ends with Goody’s recipe. A rich vision of the past, especially for Thanksgiving.

~School Library Journal

Tinted with warm, golden colors, Wolff’s linoleum block prints seem filled with light, and thanks to the homework Wolff did, they convey an accurate and vivid view of daily life in a colonial community.


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