Mary's Penny

By Tanya Landman

Illustrated by Richard Holland

Sometimes the smallest and most unexpected things have the greatest value, as shown in this stylish feminist fable.

This is a story of one farmer, his three children, Franz, Hans and Mary, and an ingenious competition that will determine who should inherit the farm. Which of the farmer's children will be able to fill the house with something that costs a mere penny? Will straw do the trick? Will feathers be sufficient? Or will it take something a little more creative?

Categories: Picture Books

For readers aged: 5+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9781406319507
  • Published: 07 Jun 2010
  • Price: £11.99
  • Size: 300 x 207 mm
  • Pages: 40

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Customer reviews


'This quirky and utterly delightful book [is] stylishly illustrated by Richard Holland' The Bookseller

'This wise beautifully paced and illustrated fairytale is feminism at its best.' The Times

'a beautiful book and uncommonly tall – like its heroine. Mary is an elegant, pensive girl with a basket of spiky red flowers... I'm not sure this qualifies her as a farm manager – but let that pass. It is a lovely story about lateral thinking.' The Guardian

'Holland’s warm illustrations and Landman’s lively text make for an appealing book' The Irish Times

'There’s a sense of history and novelty mixed together perfectly… sparse fresh funky art.'

'beautiful… a lovely story about lateral thinking' The Observer

'Wonderful…a hearty, warm and fun tale of equality and woman’s lib.' The Bookseller

'Beautifully told and illustrated this is a classic tale to stretch young minds and hopefully to develop a little wisdom along the way too.' Early Years Educator

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