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Mud
 
 
Author
Mary Lyn Ray. Lauren Stringer, illus.
Publisher Harcourt  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 10.25 x 9.75 x 0.2 inches
ISBN 9780152024611
Pages/Publication Date 32/2001
Daedalus Item Code 23270
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This ode to muddy hands and feet, brown earth, and new grass is a "lyrical celebration of the cycle of the seasons" (School Library Journal). The deceptively simple text for prereaders is illustrated with exuberantly pudgy, gloopy, earthy paintings that will inspire children and grown-ups to sink their feet into some magnificent mud.

"The unjustly neglected subject of 'gooey, gloppy, mucky, magnificent mud' requires a unique perspective to transform it from the mundane to the celebrated. That perspective is right here, especially in newcomer Stringer's inspired artwork. The joy of a child playing in mud is tied to the change of seasons in such lines as 'A cold sweet smell rises in the ground, like sap in the snow.' [The author] uses spirited language to show a child's playfulness as the mud thaws and comes alive with spring. This blithe view of one of the building blocks of life can come only from close observation; the point of view is at ground level, where readers can visually muck around in all that goo. The transformation of winter frost to mud serves as a spawning stage for the green of the new season; it's a concept treated innumerable times in books but never quite like this. Wallow in it."Kirkus Reviews

 
 
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