Monday, May 23, 2011

The Quite Contrary Man by Patricia Rusch Hyatt

Do you like beards?  This man sure did!


Abrams Books sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you).  It is being published this month, so check with your local bookstore for a copy.


Ms. Kathryn Brown is the illustrator of this book and she has created wonderful illustrations of a man with a most wondrous beard: It twists, it curls, it flies in the wind!


The most fascinating part of this story to me is that it is non-fiction.  There actually was a man who spent a year in jail because he would not shave his beard.  It sounds like a silly, made-up story about a stubborn boy who turned into a stubborn man, but it's not so.  His stubborness turned him into a folk hero!


Children should be caught up in this tale because of his unusual beard, but they will also be reading history here.


Why not pick a copy and share this tantalizing tale with your little ones?


Happy reading!

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