Miss Bridie Chose a Shovel

Miss Bridie is the story of a young Irish immigrant woman, who comes across the sea with just a small pack and a shovel she has chosen most thoughtfully. The shovel proves a wise choice as she builds a life in a new land. Though hers is not always an easy life, it is a full one.  

“The well-turned lilting narrative and beautifully matched artwork offers a stirring portrait of a a woman of inspiring resourcefulness...” Publisher’s Weekly (starred)

“The care and crafting evident here must be admired...Caldecott award- winner Azarian’s woodcuts are an excellent choice...a simple pleasure that will be truly appreciated.” Booklist (starred)

“A tribute to hard-working immigrants...” Kirkus (starred)


Houghton Mifflin 2004 Picture Book. ISBN: 0618305645 Illustrated by Mary Azarian.

~ The International Reading Association Prize for Primary Fiction.
~ N.Y.T. Notable Book~2004
~ Parent’s Choice Award
~ 2005 Connecticut Book Award

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