by N.M. Bodecker
Illustrated by Erik Blegvad
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Copyright © 1998
Here in Somerset, Pennsylvania we know what it is like to have to prepare for winter. In “Hurry, Hurry, Mary Dear” Mary is the person who has to make all the preparation for the impeding cold.
N.M. Bodecker’s a native of Denmark who moved to Connecticut was well familiar with this yearly ritual as well. His quaint and entertaining silly poetry is the fuel for this wonderfully illustrated book. Mary has such a list of things to do that she exhausts herself doing it as if in one day. All the while you catch little peaks of her husband whiling the day away inside. When she finishes though, he gets his comeuppance. “Hurry, Hurry, Mary Dear” is a very entertaining picture book children will love and that wives and mothers will relate to.