The Little Blue Bridge (Hardcover)

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By Brenda Maier, Sonia Sánchez (Illustrator)
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Description


The can-do heroine from the acclaimed The Little Red Fort returns in this fresh, feminist spin on The Three Billy Goats Gruff.

"Readers will happily discover that trip-trapping to friendship and cooperation is indeed a pie-worthy prize." -- Kirkus Reviews

Ruby's mind is always full of ideas.

One day, she spies some blueberries across the creek and invites her brothers to pick some. Unfortunately, the bridge is blocked by scary Santiago.

"I'm the boss, and you can't cross... unless you give me a snack," he demands.

One by one, the brothers scamper across, promising Santiago that the next sibling has a better snack. When at last it's Ruby's turn, she refuses to be bullied and creates her own way to cross the creek.

This modern spin on a classic tale weaves folklore, feminism, STEM, and a Latinx cast into a delightful read-aloud that celebrates creativity and building bridges of friendship and community.

About the Author


Brenda Maier's debut picture book, The Little Red Fort, was called "inspired" by the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books in a starred review, and was named a Chicago Public Library Best Book of the Year, a Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, and winner of One Book for Colorado. Brenda is a public school teacher and a gifted education specialist. When she isn't writing, Brenda enjoys traveling with her family, baking peanut-free cookies, and watching her five children build amazing creations from found materials. She lives near Tulsa, Oklahoma. You can learn more about her work at brendamaier.com.



Sonia Sánchez paints with both traditional and digital brushes, using layers of texture in her work to evoke emotion and movement. She is the illustrator of The Little Red Fort by Brenda Maier; The Wonderful Habits of Rabbits and The Curious Cares of Bears, both by Douglas Florian; and Sister Day! by Lisa Mantchev. Sonia lives with her husband and son and a sleepyhead cat in a blue house near the Mediterranean Sea on the eastern coast of Spain.

Praise For…


Praise for The Little Blue Bridge:

"Following The Little Red Fort (2018), Maier and Sánchez are back with another bicultural take on a favorite folktale: “The Three Billy Goats Gruff.” The feisty Latina protagonist, red boots and all, is still being sidetracked by her older brothers, but... neither Ruby’s size nor gender is an obstacle to success... A fun read-aloud." -- Kirkus Reviews

Praise for The Little Red Fort:

A Chicago Public Library Best Book of the Year

A Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year

One Book Colorado 2020 Winner

* "The Little Red Hen gets an appealing girl-power update... Young makers of all genders will be inspired." -- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review

"Maier judiciously adapts one of the best nursery stories, keeps it simple, and makes it her own. The upbeat mixed-media illustrations are nicely varied in composition and perspective. A lively picture book that's fun to read aloud." -- Booklist

"[Sánchez's] textured illustrations and sense of humor add depth to each dynamic scene. Throughout the story, Maier's little Latina go-getter breaks gender and cultural stereotypes... empowering." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Maier's girl-power-meets-classic-folktale story line is engaging and entertaining. Sánchez's colorfully patterned and textured illustrations give dimension to a determined and endearing pigtailed heroine and her realistic multigenerational, multi-skin-toned family." -- The Horn Book

"Perfect for storytime or one-on-one sharing. It also reminds girls that they can do whatever they set their minds to do." -- School Library Journal

"Exuberance on every page." -- Publishers Weekly

"The repetition of key words and the predictable narrative would make this book excellent for reading aloud... The warmly colored illustrations with pops of red are... a fitting style for a book about one child's creativity and ingenuity." -- School Library Connection, recommended



Praise for The Little Red Fort:

A Chicago Public Library Best Book of the Year

A Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year

One Book Colorado 2020 Winner

* "The Little Red Hen gets an appealing girl-power update... Young makers of all genders will be inspired." -- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review

"Maier judiciously adapts one of the best nursery stories, keeps it simple, and makes it her own. The upbeat mixed-media illustrations are nicely varied in composition and perspective. A lively picture book that's fun to read aloud." -- Booklist

"[Sánchez's] textured illustrations and sense of humor add depth to each dynamic scene. Throughout the story, Maier's little Latina go-getter breaks gender and cultural stereotypes... empowering." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Maier's girl-power-meets-classic-folktale story line is engaging and entertaining. Sánchez's colorfully patterned and textured illustrations give dimension to a determined and endearing pigtailed heroine and her realistic multigenerational, multi-skin-toned family." -- The Horn Book

"Perfect for storytime or one-on-one sharing. It also reminds girls that they can do whatever they set their minds to do." -- School Library Journal

"Exuberance on every page." -- Publishers Weekly

"The repetition of key words and the predictable narrative would make this book excellent for reading aloud... The warmly colored illustrations with pops of red are... a fitting style for a book about one child's creativity and ingenuity." -- School Library Connection, recommended



Praise for The Little Red Fort:

A Chicago Public Library Best Book of the Year

A Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year

One Book Colorado 2020 Winner

* "The Little Red Hen gets an appealing girl-power update... Young makers of all genders will be inspired." -- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review

"Maier judiciously adapts one of the best nursery stories, keeps it simple, and makes it her own. The upbeat mixed-media illustrations are nicely varied in composition and perspective. A lively picture book that's fun to read aloud." -- Booklist

"[Sánchez's] textured illustrations and sense of humor add depth to each dynamic scene. Throughout the story, Maier's little Latina go-getter breaks gender and cultural stereotypes... empowering." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Maier's girl-power-meets-classic-folktale story line is engaging and entertaining. Sánchez's colorfully patterned and textured illustrations give dimension to a determined and endearing pigtailed heroine and her realistic multigenerational, multi-skin-toned family." -- The Horn Book

"Perfect for storytime or one-on-one sharing. It also reminds girls that they can do whatever they set their minds to do." -- School Library Journal

"Exuberance on every page." -- Publishers Weekly

"The repetition of key words and the predictable narrative would make this book excellent for reading aloud... The warmly colored illustrations with pops of red are... a fitting style for a book about one child's creativity and ingenuity." -- School Library Connection, recommended

Product Details
ISBN: 9781338538014
ISBN-10: 1338538012
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: June 1st, 2021
Pages: 40
Language: English