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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...
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
Along with other amazing feats, Angelica Longrider, also known as Swamp Angel, wrestles a huge bear, known as Thundering Tarnation, to save the winter supplies of the settlers in Tennessee.
Posted May 17, 2011
In the story of Swamp Angel, Angelica Longrider (aka Swamp Angel) is a town and state hero. From saving homes from burning down to picking up wagons trapped in the swamp marsh. One day a local bear begins stealing food rations from the settlers right before a long winter in Tennessee. This was no ordinary bear, he is fast, huge, has so much fur on his body that bullets never make it to his skin; he is giving the nickname Thundering Taranation. Well the settlers grow tired of this pest so they set up a contest to hunt down the bear. The hunt begins, Swamp Angel is the only hunter left and tangles with Thundering Taranation. To find out what happens next read this book.
I enjoyed this book, the dialog in this book definitely brings the characters to life. This book is an easy read and children of all ages will enjoy this book. The illustrations bring more to the story of Angelica Longrider.
Posted October 17, 2006
Caldecott, A truly enjoyable folktale. Angelica Longrider is known to the settlers of Tennessee as 'Swamp Angel'. She is a giant girl-turned-woman who helps settlers in need. A giant bear is eating all of the settlers' food and they cannot stop him. Swamp Angel grabs the bear and throws him into the sky, where his imprint can still be seen today as a constellation. I love folktales of this nature. Anne Isaac was born in 1949, in Buffalo, New York. She now lives in the San Francisco Bay area. Bibliography Isaacs, Anne. Swamp Angel. New York: Dutton Children¿s Book, 1994.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.