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January 17, 2014 | $16.95


by Eve Bunting
Illustrator(s): Brad Sneed
Hardcover | Pages: 32
Size: 9 X 11 | USD: $16.95
ISBN: 9780823428687
Publication Date: February 1, 2014
Age: 4-8 | Guided Reading Level: N
Themes: 19th Century, Family & Relationships, Historical Fiction
Recommendations: A,C,K,SLJ

About the Book

Lizzie helps her grandma on washday and gets rewarded with a tea party in this historical story celebrating family tradition and hard work.

It is washday. “Are you ready for work, Lizzie girl?” Grandma asks. “I am,” Lizzie replies. It’s hard for her to set aside her plans for a tea party, but she rolls up her sleeves.

Together, Lizzie and Grandma haul the steaming washtub to the workbench and shave lye soap into the boiling water. They rub, rub, rub the clothes over the washboard, pull them through the wringer, and hang them out to dry. In the end, the satisfaction of a job well done, an unexpected guest, and a loving gesture make Lizzie’s washday just about perfect.


“Graceful pencil and watercolor illustrations include historically accurate details while the soft palette captures the warmth and love between the two workers. . . . Youngsters will savor this best with pearl tea and a snickerdoodle.”

“Bunting evokes a homespun experience with emotions and details that the pencil-and-watercolor illustrations adroitly augment. . . . Historical details . . . make the story feel genuine.”
—Kirkus Reviews