6/6 – 6/12 Children’s Book of the Week: Helga’s Dowry

Helga’s Dowry – A Troll Love Story
by Tomie dePaola
Helga’s the loveliest troll in the three parishes, but her troll sweetie, Lars, cannot marry her because she’s also the poorest, and has no dowry. Without batting an eyelash, Helga rolls up her sleeves and gets to work on earning herself a dowry. Hard work, brains, and a little troll magic get her there, but the troll Lars decided to marry instead, the very wealthy and mean-spirited Inge, tries to sabotage her along the way! With her perseverence and wit, Helga manages to outsmart Inge, but her hard work and Lar’s shallow priorities make her realize that she is worth more than the money she earned.

A creative, smart story with wonderful illustrations. Best for ages 5-8.

~ Susan Chodakiewitz is the Founder of Booksicals, Encouraging Reading Through the Arts and the author of the book Too Many Visitors for One Little House ~