Miss Bridie Chose a Shovel (Hardcover)

By Leslie Connor, Mary Azarian (Illustrator)

HMH Books for Young Readers, 9780618305643, 32pp.

Publication Date: May 25, 2004

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The journey begins for a young immigrant named Miss Bridie. It is a journey of hope and uncertainty, a journey that will take her to a new land, a new home, and—if she has chosen wisely—a good life.
With elegant woodcuts, Caldecott medalist Mary Azarian brings to life Leslie Connor’s spare story of a life rich with blessings, yet not without challenges. Here is a lyrical tribute to the millions of immigrants who left their homes to begin anew in America—and an enchanting look at how one woman carves out a life with the help of a common shovel.

About the Author

Caldecott Medalist Mary Azarian is a consummate gardener and a skilled and original woodblock artist. Many of her prints are heavily influenced by her love of gardening, and her turn-of-the-century farmhouse is surrounded by gardens that reveal an artist's vision. Mary Azarian received the 1999 Caldecott Medal for SNOWFLAKE BENTLEY, written by Jacqueline Briggs Martin. She lives, skis, and gardens in Vermont.

Praise For Miss Bridie Chose a Shovel

"Caldecott award-winner Azarian's sturdy woodcuts are an excellent choice to illustrate the daily life in mid-nineteenth-century America... This is a simple pleasure that will be truly appreciated." Booklist, ALA, Starred Review

"A tribute to hard-working immigrants, but more so to a determined, hard-working woman who chose the practical over the trivial." Kirkus Reviews, Starred

"The well-turned, lilting narrative and beautifully matched artwork offers a stirring portrait of a woman of inspiring resourcefulness; the pronounced vertical format subtly emphasizes the heroine's ability to stand tall." Publishers Weekly, Starred