Miss Sally Ann and the Panther

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Miss Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind was a woman of wonder. She could rope a hurricane, outspin a steam mill, and blow out the moonlight in a single breath. But her finest adventure was wrestling Fireeyes, a mean-as-tarnation panther whose eyes glared fire. Both fall in love with each other's coats at first sight, and lickity-split begin fighting. Before long the fight turns into a true conbobberation, as they raise such a racket that the moon dips onto its side and the Milky Way curdles. But neither one backs ...

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Miss Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind was a woman of wonder. She could rope a hurricane, outspin a steam mill, and blow out the moonlight in a single breath. But her finest adventure was wrestling Fireeyes, a mean-as-tarnation panther whose eyes glared fire. Both fall in love with each other's coats at first sight, and lickity-split begin fighting. Before long the fight turns into a true conbobberation, as they raise such a racket that the moon dips onto its side and the Milky Way curdles. But neither one backs down, backs up, or backs out . . . until, finally, each wins each other's respect and the two became great and glorious friends.

Bobbi Miller grew up in Colorado. She has five degrees in writing and currently teaches writing to undergraduate and graduate students. In the spirit of Miss Sally Ann, she lives in the Connecticut woods in an 1830s reproduction log cabin.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Danielle Williams
Miss Sally Ann is one of the toughest, smartest, and most cantankerous people to live on the frontier. She uses a hurricane to spin her yarn, wears a bearskin coat, and drinks eagle eggnog. But Fireeyes, a giant panther who lives in the woods near Sally Ann, isn't afraid of anything either. When the two meet, they both see something the other has that they want and the fight to overcome the other is epic. They are both rugged frontier creatures and neither is willing to compromise, until they realize they are the same type of creature and that they can gain more by working together than they could gain by taking from the other. Filled with colorful drawings of the confrontation between Sally Ann and Fireeyes, the story is a treat to read out loud. The descriptions of both characters, as well as the fight they engage in, is filled with silly word combinations that perfectly fit the tone of the characters and the story they appear in. The text can easily be adapted to use for story time and is a retelling of the story about Miss Sally Ann by Davy Crockett. Reviewer: Danielle Williams
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—Miller has a talent for distilling tall tales to a simple plot that young children can comprehend, and she does it without compromising the language that exemplifies them. Miss Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind is truly a force to be reckoned with. She goes out to collect wild onions for a stew, wearing a bear fur to stay warm. When she meets an enormous panther, he covets that warm fur, too. In turn, she thinks his sleek panther fur will keep her even warmer. The fight for possession is ferocious, lasting days and nights. Miller describes it as "thunderific" and a "conbobberation." The end of the fight suits this heroine perfectly. Lloyd's full-spread illustrations in vibrant colors are framed with logs, and the characters are large and imposing. At the height of the brawl, the panther bursts out of the frame, chewing logs with his sharp teeth. It changes the dynamics of the conflict, showing action and struggle. This tall tale is a surefire win for a spitfire of a lady. Read it out loud for the best impact, and listeners will be clamoring for more tales about Sally Ann.—Susan E. Murray, formerly at Glendale Public Library, AZ
Kirkus Reviews
Miller and Lloyd team up for another rollicking tall-tale adventure (Davy Crockett Gets Hitched, 2009). While gathering onions on a bone-cold morning in woods so thick the sun can't shine through, Miss Sally Ann Thunder, dressed in her best bear fur, and Fireeyes, the "hugeceously smart and mean as tarnation" panther, come face to face, each coveting the other's coat to keep out the winter chill. The rip-roaring battle that ensues changes the world around them--a new gorge is formed, skunks lose their stripes, the Milky Way curdles--but neither is able to gain the upper hand. By the next morning's light, they stop to appreciate each other's fine fighting skills…and smile at one another, suddenly great friends. Fireeyes lives with Miss Sally Ann now, helping around the house and lying on her feet to keep them warm in the winter, her best bear fur around his shoulders. Miller's rambunctious read-aloud is peppered with word itching to be shared--thunderific, swaggerous, conbobberation, terrifiacious, ripsnorting, as well as the delightful, though too-often-repeated, varmint. Lloyd's acrylic artwork masterfully conveys texture, each hair on the panther and needle on the evergreens sharply defined. Miss Sally Ann's larger-than-life personality comes through as she wrestles with the giant cat, though some readers may have trouble with her pioneer attitudes: She collects eagle eggs for eggnog and wants to kill the panther just for his pelt. Still, another solid addition to tall-tale collections. (Picture book/tall tale. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823418336
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 990,333
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD780L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Megan Lloyd has illustrated more than forty books for children, including Betsy Ross by Becky White. School Library Journal praised "the irresistible appliqué art," noting "Lloyd captures the period, hard work, and ingenuity of this favorite colonial figure." Megan lives on a farm in central Pennsylvania with her husband.

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