There Was a Wee Woman . . . (Hardcover)

By Erica Silverman, Rosanne Litzinger (Illustrator)

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 9780374382537, 32pp.

Publication Date: September 2, 2008



There was a wee woman who lived in a shoe with her many wee children (their tiny pets, too). Six crammed in a bed, tangled up in a heap. Some wrangled, some dangled. Jack groaned, “I can’t sleep.”  What’s a mother to do? Why, find a bigger home, of course! Bouncy, enthusiastic Jill leads the way, but brother Jack warns, “There are giants out there! They will eat us for snacks!’’

Playful verse and whimsical pictures pull readers into this miniature family’s glorious adventure full of brave actions, comic mishaps, and the joy of discovering a perfect – if surprising – new home in a dollhouse.

About the Author

ERICA SILVERMAN's books include "Follow the Leader," which "Kirkus Reviews "called an "imaginative romp," and "Sholom's Treasure," winner of the Sydney Taylor Book Award. She lives in Los Angeles, California. ROSANNE LITZINGER has illustrated many charming picture books, including "Louella Mae, She's Run Away! "She lives in southern California.

Praise For There Was a Wee Woman . . .

“The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe gets her own book in this expanded version of the familiar nursery rhyme . . . . The folksy illustrations follow the tiny family of freckled redheads as they wander gamely along clotheslines, through mud puddles, and past oversize bluebells in search of the perfect home.” —School Library Journal

“A fun-filled romp bound to become a favorite.” —Kirkus Reviews

“The rhyming text and pleasing illustrations make this a sweet story that will, like the original nursery thyme, beg to be read and reread.” —Bookloons

“A clever and engaging new twist on Mother Goose’s nursery rhyme, this rollicking adventure is bound to spark the imagination of children.” —The Santa Fe New Mexican