The Maggie B

The Maggie B

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By (author) Irene Haas

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins Distribution Services
  • Format: Hardback | 32 pages
  • Publication date: 2 September 1976
  • ISBN 10: 000195525X
  • ISBN 13: 9780001955257
  • Illustrations note: Col.ill.

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Editorial reviews

It's impossible not to be beguiled when Margaret Barnstable's bedtime wish "for a ship/ Named after me" is rewarded by the snug and dreamy Maggie B., its deck covered with a lush tropical garden complete with toucan and its homey cabin furnished in warm shades of rose, orange and blue. Feminists - and those who simply harbor a more expansive notion of what constitutes a good time - will inevitably be disappointed that Margaret's adventure at sea consists almost entirely of cleaning and scrubbing ("with a joyful hustle-bustle"), teaching counting rhymes to her baby brother James, and preparing meals - cooking lobster stew, baking muffins, fixing peaches with cinnamon and honey. Yes, Margaret does weather a storm, but after a minute or two all is "safe and secure." The extended idyll might just become suffocating, but Haas' gently precise, sun-drenched watercolors are so full of movement and piquant detail that one happily bathes in the glow of fanciful contentment. (Kirkus Reviews)