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From Publishers Weekly

The eye-catching cover of this cheerful homage to the coming of spring features a splendid close-up of chubby toddler feet happily stuck in "gooey, gloppy, mucky,/ magnificent mud." "One night it happens," Ray (Pumpkins; Shaker Boy) begins mysteriously. "...Someone opening/ a door will notice:/ earth comes unfrozen." Stringer, in her auspicious picture book debut, portrays a solitary child viewing the brown leaves that "loosen/ from their frozen drifts and run/ rattling in the flapping wind," then playing in a gigantic mud puddle ("Stir it. Stick it./ Dig it. Dance it"). The reader sees the child's yellow boots and red socks give way to muddy toes and a single, full-length portrait of the child almost flying through the inviting springtime air. The bold acrylic paintings burst from their full-bleed spreads like tulips, with skewed perspectives and scalloped, abstract designs representing the grass and clouds. If not in the same league as e.e. cummings's famous "mudluscious" tribute to spring, Ray's brief poem nevertheless captures the joy of seeing winter "Squish Squck Sop Splat Slurp/ melt in mud./ Happy mud." Ages 3-8.
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PreSchool-Grade 2?What happens in the spring? Before the fruit blossoms, before the daffodils, even before the grass? Why, mud, of course. The earth secretly thaws, and one morning a child looks out the door and sees winter receding down a rutted muddy road. The leaves once trapped in old snow escape and fly away. Little puddles of water appear and the youngster takes off her shoes. Mud takes over the world. Feet in mud are happy feet. Hands in mud hold all the promise of green spring, soon to come. The free-verse poem evokes sounds ("squish, squk") and images ("hills remember their colors") and relates the action ("dig it! dance it!"). The first line, "One night it happens," may be the model for many students' future poems. Stringer's acrylic paintings give large scale to objects such as oak leaves that require nearly a full page to be expressed. The artist makes a pair of grimy feet jump for joy and feel good to be alive. A lyrical celebration of the cycle of the seasons.?Ruth Semrau, formerly at Lovejoy School, Allen, TX
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (April 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152024611
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152024611
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.1 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on January 20, 2002
Format: Paperback
For everyone who can't wait for winter to recede; for everyone who loves the smell of rain on warm dirt; for everyone who relishes squishing mud between their toes comes this eye level view of mud emerging with the spring thaw. Preschoolers delight in the dirty feet splashing through the mud. This is a great addition to a collection about the seasons. The illustrations lend themselves to describing what happens with the warmer weather. It also includes fun, descriptive words that young children will enjoy using. Any read just wouldn't be complete without mixing a batch of mud...
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First off, let me just say, I am never a huge fan of these abstract picture books. My kids and I seem to really enjoy books with a story. a beginning, a middle and a surprise ending. Whereas, some picture books (usually older ones) go for an abstract story line with no real plot. That is Mud.

Mud is basically a book about the mud that is created when the snow melts after winter. Each page is an abstractish painting of mud close ups on various items in nature. Unfortunately, it sounds way cooler than it actually is in the book. With the Title and cover, you would think this would have beautiful fancy realistic illustrations, but instead the art looks like it was done by an 10 year old for a school art project. They try to do serious realism, but it just falls flat.

the ending does have a little bit of a surprise, which I was grateful for, but it was not great enough to win me over for the rest of the book that was such a disappointment after such an amazing cover.
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This is a wonderful book! No, there is no structured "story" told as one review pointed out. The story is told in the pictures and the well-chosen vocabulary. Stories come in all forms not just an expected formula - kids can, and should, learn from all forms of written language. The point is to have the reader experience the discovery of spring through the enjoyment of mud, and it works. We used this as part of a discussion about using great words & phrases to describe a situation and the kids really took to it. It fits very nicely into a 6+1 traits framework for vocabulary, fluency, or ideas. We also loved it as an example of a great beginning... "one night it happens"... they all wanted to know "what happens"?! Great children's literature should make kids want to keep reading. This one did. They created their own writings based on this book and came up with some beautifully descriptive and creative pieces. This is definitely a new favorite for us.
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This is a wonderful book. The text is simple and poetic. The illustrations are incredible. They make youw ant to go and play in the mud! This is perfect book for two through five year olds. I can't wait to us eit in my pr0k class room.
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This book tells the story of mud season, the fifth season of the year. It describes how mud season appears suddenly, what it looks like, and where it's headed. The book is great for kids living in 5 season regions, but it might be a little tough to understand for other kids. It's not at all scary, and the pictures are wonderful. It has about 120 words.
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The children I work with LOVED this book! It is simple and easy to read. It has become one of the asked for books in the center!
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