Swamp Angel

Paperback | January 1, 2000

byAnne IsaacsIllustratorPaul O. Zelinsky

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Swamp Angel can lasso a tornado, and drink an entire lake dry. She single-handedly defeats the fearsome bear known as Thundering Tarnation, wrestling him from the top of the Great Smoky Mountains to the bottom of a deep lake. Caldecott Medal-winning artist Paul O. Zelinsky's stunning folk-art paintings are the perfect match for the irony, exaggeration, and sheer good humor of this original tall tale set on the American frontier.

A Caldecott Honor Book
An ALA Notable Book
A Time magazine Best Book of the Year
A New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year
Winner of the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year

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Welcome to the American frontier — a place of legends that are larger than life and a landscape twice as big as even the tall tales that stretch up to the speckless sky. This is a fitting setting for the Swamp Angel, a sassy lassie who stomps around drinking up lakes to their very dregs and lassoing tornadoes as if they’re no more trou...

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Swamp Angel can lasso a tornado, and drink an entire lake dry. She single-handedly defeats the fearsome bear known as Thundering Tarnation, wrestling him from the top of the Great Smoky Mountains to the bottom of a deep lake. Caldecott Medal-winning artist Paul O. Zelinsky's stunning folk-art paintings are the perfect match for the iro...

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When Angelica Longrider was born, she was scarcely taller than her mother and couldn't climb a tree without help. She was a full two years old before she built her first log cabin. But by the time she is fully grown, Swamp Angel, as she is known, can lasso a tornado and drink an entire lake dry. She single-handedly saves the settlers f...

Paul O. Zelinsky Paul O. Zelinsky was born in Evanston, Illinois and grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. He received his B. A. from Yale and his M. F. A. from the Tyler School of Art, and from there went on to become an award winning illustrator. Zelinsky is the illustrator of three Caldecott Honor books, including "Hansel and Gretel" p...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:40 pages, 12 × 9.03 × 0.15 inPublished:January 1, 2000Publisher:Penguin Young Readers Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140559086

ISBN - 13:9780140559088

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5

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Welcome to the American frontier — a place of legends that are larger than life and a landscape twice as big as even the tall tales that stretch up to the speckless sky. This is a fitting setting for the Swamp Angel, a sassy lassie who stomps around drinking up lakes to their very dregs and lassoing tornadoes as if they’re no more trouble than frisky heifers. She’s a hectic sort of protectress, but a good one — and the townsfolk and farmers need her large presence soon enough, to save them from the terrifying bear called Thundering Tarnation. Only the Swamp Angel has the smarts and the guts to wrestle this challenger, which she does — all the way from the Great Smoky Mountains down to the bottom of the lake! Anne Isaacs creates an irrepressible new folklore heroine in Swamp Angel, lavishly illustrated with Caldecott Medallist Paul O. Zelinsky’s magical-realism paintings.  

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"Move over Paul Bunyan, you are about to meet Swamp Angel. . . . Visually exciting, wonderful to read aloud, this is a picture book to remember".

-- The Horn Book, starred review