A retelling of the classic fairytale Kari Woodengown, this is a fictionalized account based on a story passed down through an oral history. Brigitte's husband is not a nice man. He measures things in his life, and his wife is no exception, and he does not think she is worth a dress per year until she is absolutely unable to patch her dress any further. He is capable of learning though, and their relationship develops through the course of their very long lives. The wooden gown is again the dress of Maria. This book is not written for children, it does deal with some themes that are difficult for children to comprehend, such as abuse and death, but the language is not graphic. Written by Laura Wheeler.