Swamp Angel by Anne IsaacsSwamp Angel by Anne Isaacs

Swamp Angel

byAnne IsaacsIllustratorPaul O. Zelinsky

Paperback | January 1, 2000

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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
Also the author of Caldecott Honor Book Swamp Angel, Anne Isaacs was born and raised in Buffalo, New York.She feels most at home in rural environments such as the redwood forest near Santa Cruz, California where she lives with her family. Her husband and three children have built their own treehouse, which they share with several squ...
Title:Swamp AngelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:40 pages, 12 × 9.06 × 0.17 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


From Our Editors

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.  

Editorial Reviews

"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