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The Resource Who took my hairy toe?, retold by Shutta Crum ; illustrated by Katya Krenina

Who took my hairy toe?, retold by Shutta Crum ; illustrated by Katya Krenina

Label
Who took my hairy toe?
Title
Who took my hairy toe?
Statement of responsibility
retold by Shutta Crum ; illustrated by Katya Krenina
Creator
Contributor
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
An old man known for taking what isn't his picks up the wrong thing one Halloween night, and its owner wants it back
Tone
Review
  • K-Gr 3 –In the same vein as "Teeny Tiny" and "The Golden Arm," this retelling of a popular Southern folktale will delight, if not frighten, the storyhour crowd. The language begs to be read aloud, with a bit of a drawl, with just the right touch of spookiness. On All Hallows' Eve, a greedy old man steals some tar from his neighbor and puts it in his pocket. Next he is digging in his neighbor's garden and finds a big hairy toe, covered in fur. He puts that into his pocket, too, and heads home. Unfortunately for him, when he goes to retrieve his goods, he finds his hand stuck to the hardened tar that, in turn, is stuck to the digit. A creature comes looking for it, repeating the refrain, "Who took my hairy toe?" The beast ends up taking the old man along with the missing part. The muted, earthy, gouache illustrations are appropriately creepy. The dark, hairy, red-eyed ogre may be too much for the youngest readers, but the older children will love it.–DeAnn Tabuchi, San Anselmo Public Library, CA --DeAnn Tabuchi (Reviewed October 1, 2001) (School Library Journal, vol 47, issue 10, p137)
  • This folktale has been a favorite for many storytellers and Crum, a storyteller herself, provides a smooth and lively retelling that will send shivers down the listener's spine. Old Tar Pockets is a truly greedy man who steals warm, soft tar from a neighbor's bucket and sticks it in his pocket as it is the only thing he has to carry it back home. He also digs up "sweet taters" for supper—but in the process he finds a big, hairy toe. He sticks the toe in the same pocket as the tar, and it sticks tight. That night, he hears a voice crying, "WHO TOOK MY HAIRY TOE?" so he crawls under the quilt to escape, but the voice keeps asking the question. At last, he answers, begging the beast to take it, but, since it is stuck in his pocket, the beast carries Old Tar Pockets away. The tale ends with the folk saying, " 'Pay that no nevermind! It's just Old Tar Pockets getting his due.' I say, 'Just as long as what's in your pocket is yours . . . I wouldn't worry about it.' " Illustrations begin with bright and sunny rural landscapes, but soon become somber, dark, and scary as the telling gets progressively scarier. The beast is suitably ghostly until the last two spreads, where he is depicted as huge and furry as he carts Tar Pockets off. An author's note cites sources for the tale and the variants, which include the British "Teeny Tiny Bone" and the Midwestern "Tailipoo." (Folktale. 5-8) (Kirkus Reviews, July 1, 2001)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
116840
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Crum, Shutta
Dewey number
[398.2]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • 630L
  • Decoding demand: 69 (high)
  • Semantic demand: 85 (very high)
  • Syntactic demand: 95 (very high)
  • Structure demand: 82 (very high)
Intended audience source
  • Lexile
  • Lexile
Interest level
LG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 0
  • 3
Reading level
3.9
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Krenina, Katya
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Halloween
  • Folklore
  • Halloween
  • Folklore
  • Halloween
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Who took my hairy toe?, retold by Shutta Crum ; illustrated by Katya Krenina
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
410447
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780807559727
Lccn
2001000890
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780807559727
  • (OCoLC)46538270
Label
Who took my hairy toe?, retold by Shutta Crum ; illustrated by Katya Krenina
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
410447
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780807559727
Lccn
2001000890
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780807559727
  • (OCoLC)46538270

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