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? This is a timeless story promoting the value of knowledge and music.
This wise beautifully paced and illustrated fairytale is feminism at its best." (The Times)
Tanya Landman is the author of I Am Apache, The Goldsmith's Daughter, Flotsam and Jetsam, Walking Merlin and The World's Bellybutton as well as the Poppy Fields murder mysteries Mondays Are Murder and Dead Funny. Mary's Penny is Tanya's first picture book. Richard Holland is the stylish young illustrator of The Museum Book by Jan Mark, and The Time Book by Martin Jenkins. Mary's Penny is Richard's first picture story book.