Swamp Angel

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By Anne Isaacs
Publisher Penguin Group (USA) LLC - (Dutton)
Swamp Angel
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Working in an American primitive style animated by the humor and storytelling genius for which he is renowned, Caldecott Winner artist Paul O. Zelinsky puts oils to cherry and maple for this talltale competition between a Tennessee woodswoman extraordinaire and a hungry, fearsome bear. Thundering Tarnation has a bottomless appetite for settlers grub. When word goes out about a competition to hunt this fourlegged forest of stubble, a young woman, second to none in buckskin bravery, signs up. How about baking a pie, Angel? the other hunters taunt. I aim to, says Swamp Angel. A bear pie. What follows is as witty a round of roughhousing as ever jostled the ranks of Americana. Anne Isaacs original text unfolds in a crackling combination of irony, exaggeration, and bold imagemaking. Zelinskys paintings respond with deft yet hilarious expressions, rhythmic shapes, and a sense of monumental motion, as benefits a heroine who can wield a tornado like a lasso, drink a lake dry, and snore down a forest. In the course of these grand shenanigans, the Great Smoky Mountains are stirred up, Montanas shortgrass prairie laid down, and Thundering Tarnations fate proves to have no less a reach than the starry heavens. Swamp Angel marks the debut of a promising new storyteller and adds to the talltale traditions a pictorial counterpart that will entertain and endure for a long time to come.

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929 words929 words
48 pages48 pages
Lexile AD960LLexile AD960L
Grade P to 3Grade P to 3
Age 4-8Age 4-8
Published 1994Published 1994

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