Sign Painter's Dream


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Knopf Books for Young Readers 1993

Grouchy old Crabby Clarence is a sign painter but he has no love for his work. One day an elderly woman enters his shop and asks Clarence to make her a sign to market her apples and she wants the sign for free. Clarence offers three hundred dollars but the woman declines. "A hero is he who helps for free, " she tells him.

That night Clarence has a dream. George Washington asks him to make a sign that says, "SEND SHOES TO VALLEY FORGE." In that same dream Washington says, "Ye olde hero is he who helps people for free / Ye olde scoundrel, you see, doth charge them a fee."

Clarence changes his attitude and becomes that heroic fellow. Fun and generosity fill the pages.

978-0517589205 Ages 5 and up

Recommended by: Barb Langridge,

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