Kudzu Chaos

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When the peaceful town of Red Mud Flats finds itself in kudzu chaos, it takes the courage of Bobby Lee, the creativity of Kudzu Katie, and the cooperation of the townspeople to transform the smothering green monster of kudzu into a small-town miracle. Though the blanket of kudzu vines has hidden Red Mud Flats from the outside world, it has not completely covered the town's hope.

Bobby Lee may live in a quiet, little town, but when it comes to adventure, there's no stopping his ...

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When the peaceful town of Red Mud Flats finds itself in kudzu chaos, it takes the courage of Bobby Lee, the creativity of Kudzu Katie, and the cooperation of the townspeople to transform the smothering green monster of kudzu into a small-town miracle. Though the blanket of kudzu vines has hidden Red Mud Flats from the outside world, it has not completely covered the town's hope.

Bobby Lee may live in a quiet, little town, but when it comes to adventure, there's no stopping his strong spirit. Although only a young boy, he bravely volunteers to journey through the kudzu-covered forest to find Kudzu Katie, the only one who can save the town from the frightening vine. Kudzu Katie's insight into the possibilities of the sprawling green plant shows the citizens of Red Mud Flats that their kudzu is really a blessing in disguise.

An award-winning technical and freelance creative writer by profession, Jennifer Holloway Lambe is an active member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. As a wife and mother living in Nashville, Tennessee, Lambe still finds time to "voraciously" devour books from the local library or one of the three book clubs to which she belongs. When she was a child, her mother regularly took her to the library to get books, which they read together at home. This is why she believes she has always loved to read and, ultimately, why she became a writer.

Alison Davis Lyne is a freelance illustrator who lives and works on a small farm in south-central Kentucky. She also is the illustrator of Evangeline for Children and Easter Day Alphabet, both published by Pelican. To see more of her work, please visit her Web site at www.lyneart.com.

When rampant kudzu vines threaten the sleepy town of Red Mud Flats, one brave soul ventures into the vines in search of Kudzu Katie, who helps the townspeople find a way to turn the problem into an asset.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-A young narrator describes how a fast-growing vine suddenly overtakes his town. During an emergency meeting, the boy volunteers to consult Kudzu Katie, "a hillbilly who lived in the woods and grew kudzu on purpose." She suggests to the citizens of Red Mud Flats that they make the best of the situation by using the plant to make crafts and jellies and selling them to tourists. The illustrations are amateurish and unappealing, and the story provides a Pollyannaesque solution for a botanical scourge that has devastated thousands of acres in the South. An author's note offers background about how the plant was originally introduced into the United States, and photos provide examples of some of the objects that have been made from it. However, a kudzu birdhouse seems small solace for an ecological disaster.-Dona Ratterree, New York City Public Schools Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589801578
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.26 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

An award-winning technical and freelance creative writer by profession, Jennifer Holloway Lambe is an active member of the Society of Childrenís Book Writers and Illustrators. She attributes her love for reading and writing to her mother, who regularly took Lambe to the library during her childhood. The author currently resides with her family in Nashville, Tennessee.

Alison Davis Lyne is a freelance illustrator who has worked on various picture books and covers for American Small Farm magazine. She is the portrait artist for the Kentucky Commission on Women's Kentucky Women Remembered exhibit, permanently on display in the state capitol rotunda. She also illustrated Easter Day Alphabet, Kudzu Chaos, G Is for Grits: A Southern Alphabet, and other titles published by Pelican.

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