Mattlandby Hazel Hutchins
Matt is miserable. The subdivision where he now lives is surrounded by nothing but muddy fields of rocks and sticks. But when Matt ventures out, his imagination kicks in. He draws a muddy, winding line and names it Snake River. A pile of rocks becomes the Dog Tooth Mountains. Just like that, Mattland is born. Soon a little girl shows up with a handful of helpful
Matt is miserable. The subdivision where he now lives is surrounded by nothing but muddy fields of rocks and sticks. But when Matt ventures out, his imagination kicks in. He draws a muddy, winding line and names it Snake River. A pile of rocks becomes the Dog Tooth Mountains. Just like that, Mattland is born. Soon a little girl shows up with a handful of helpful odds and ends. Piece by piece, she and Matt expand their new world with popsicle-stick bridges and scrap-paper boats. And when a rainstorm finally threatens to wash everything away, all the neighborhood kids appear and help stave off the flood. Evocative of childhood friendships and with sublime illustrations that brighten in color as the story progresses, Mattland is an inspiring ode to cooperative play.
Winner, Marillyn Baillie Picture Book Award
K-Gr 2- In this eloquent and beautifully illustrated book, Matt finds himself in yet another new home. Surrounded by an uninspiring landscape and lacking friends, he begins to poke at the mud outside his house. He quickly notices in his marks the beginning of a landscape. Bit by bit, a miniature world unfolds before Matt and readers, assisted by the timid offerings of neighborhood children. When a rainstorm threatens to flood the newly created "Mattland," helping hands appear to route the current safely away. Petricic's understated watercolors are an essential counterpart to Hutchins and Herbert's mature narrative, revealing the promise of new friendships before Matt himself realizes that he is no longer alone. The closing spread of his reflection in "Turtle Lake," surrounded by other children, is a standout. The illustrator skillfully leads readers from gray, nondescript images to a detailed world brimming with color. Children may require the helpful commentary of an adult to fully appreciate this tale, but Mattland has much to offer those who find themselves in a new place, and to creative souls needing inspiration.-Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, MI
- Annick Press, Limited
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- Product dimensions:
- 9.00(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 7 Years
Meet the Author
Hazel Hutchins has written dozens of books for children and has won numerous awards, including Parenting magazine's Reading Magic Award. She lives in Canmore, Alberta.
Gail Herbert is the award-winning author of several short stories and poems. This is her first work for children. She lives outside of Toronto.
Dušan Petričić's multiple award-winning illustrations appear in more than 20 children's books, including Bashful Bob and Doleful Dorinda by Margaret Atwood. He lives in Toronto.
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