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Swamp Angel Paperback – January 1, 2000
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This tallest of tall tales is an original from an intriguing newcomer to children's books, Anne Isaacs. In the tradition of Paul Bunyan and Pecos Bill, the story of a self-sufficient, tornado-wielding, unflappable heroine lopes along at a perfect pace. Paul O. Zelinsky's folksy oil illustrations are painted on cherry, maple, or birch veneers, with old-fashioned frames; the extravagant and fanciful paintings have garnered the distinguished illustrator yet another Caldecott Honor. (Zelinsky has already received one Caldecott Medal for Rapunzel and two Caldecott Honors for Hansel and Gretel and Rumpelstiltskin.) The dry and fantastically far-fetched humor of the author-illustrator team will make readers of all ages feel as though Angelica herself has tossed 'em in the air so high that they are still on the way up at nightfall. (Ages 4 and older) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Isaacs tells us all about one red-headed, freckled young woman named Angelica Longrider. From the first, we know we are in for a wild ride when we see the picture of her rather startled-looking parents holding an enormous but contented baby--the text tells us calmly that Angelica was "scarcely taller than her mother and couldn't climb a tree without help." Things start moving at a pell-mell pace when we find out that a destructive black bear has so annoyed folks all around the Appalachian mountains of Tennessee that a reward has been offered for his hide. Angelica sets up to whup that bear and means to do the job right.
The fight between Angelica and the bear is a wondrous portion of the story, told with great good humor, a number of winks at the reader, and the astonishing illustrations of Paul O. Zelinsky. "Swamp Angel" may well be Zelinsky's masterpiece. The pictures have the flavor of early American folk art, combined to great effect with Zelinsky's usual eye for telling detail and gorgeous use of color. They fit the style of the story so well and complement the action so sufficiently that it's as though Isaacs and Zelinsky are two halves of the same person. Rarely do the visions of both author and illustrator dovetail as cleanly as they do here, and it's our great good luck as readers that Isaacs and Zelinsky found each other. Three cheers for "Swamp Angel!"
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fun to read aloud and the kids love it! When teaching tall tales, you have to include this one! Most tales are about Paul Bunyon but this one is about a girl for a change! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Faith Page
This is a great Tall Tale book where the protagonist is female--somewhat difficult to find in that genre. Funny and the illustrations are wonderful.Published 13 months ago by clarrybark
This was one of my favorite books when I was younger. I use to check it out all the time. I was so happy when I found it on here & my mother was able to get it for my daughter, for... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Levy
This book is terrific! I enjoy reading it out loud as much as my kids enjoy listening to it. It's over-the-top storyline always makes my 4 and 6 year old laugh. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Emily Loryn
Zelinsky is no stranger to Caldecott awards, and his wonderful illustrations help to tell the story of Swamp Angel, the perfect date for Paul Bunyan. Read morePublished on January 30, 2014 by cytronella
by Anne Issacs
Illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published September 1, 1994
by Dutton Children's Books
ISBN-10:... Read more