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Wild Child
     

Wild Child

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by Lynn Plourde, Greg Couch (Illustrator)
 

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"Time for bed,"

Mother Earth said.

"Not for a while,"

said her wild child.

"A song, first.

I need a song

to play in my head

before going to bed."

So Mother Earth

gave her child a song....

But then this wild child wants a snack and PJs and a kiss....

Lynn Plourde's text snaps and

Overview

"Time for bed,"

Mother Earth said.

"Not for a while,"

said her wild child.

"A song, first.

I need a song

to play in my head

before going to bed."

So Mother Earth

gave her child a song....

But then this wild child wants a snack and PJs and a kiss....

Lynn Plourde's text snaps and crackles like the leaves of fall as Mother Earth gently gets her daughter ready for bed. And Greg Couch's extraordinary illustrations take readers from the soft greens of late summer through the fiery oranges of a fall sunset to the peaceful blues of early winter's eve. Wild children and their parents will revel in this scrumptious, loving tribute to the wonders of nature and of family.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The bouncing, methodical rhyme scheme that served Plourde well in her humorous Pig in the Mud in the Middle of the Rud and her recent Moose, of Course! works against the theme in this bedtime book. As Mother Earth repeatedly tries to put her daughter to sleep, she's met with the same reply, " `Not for a while,' said her wild child," who comes up with a variety of stalling tactics, including a song, a snack and, of course, a kiss goodnight. Each spread offers a number of clues as to the wild child's identity, most of which are smoothly integrated into Couch's (Moonball) artwork. While he keeps the girl visibly human in face and stature, fall leaves make up her hair; and hills, streams and stones comprise Mother Earth's beautifully sensuous lines and curves as she gives her daughter the gifts of the season (e.g., a snack of "Crunchy, munchy,/ chewy chestnuts./ Plumpy, lumpy,/ pulpy pumpkins"). His subtle brushwork and golden palette convey a dusk slowly metamorphosing to nightfall. Unfortunately, the jarring closing lines, which describe the mother's kiss, end the book on an eerie note: "A gusty, blustery, twisty embrace./ A crystalish, icicle-ish,/ icebergy kiss." Couch's artwork, showing Mother Earth tucking the girl (revealed to be Autumn) into bed, softens the imagery, but readers may well be put off by the cool language for a ritual usually characterized by warmth. Ages 3-8. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly
As Mother Earth repeatedly tries to put her daughter to sleep, she's met with a repetitive reply ("not for a while") and a variety of stalling tactics. "Each spread offers a number of clues as to the wild child's identity, most of which are smoothly integrated into the artwork," PW said. Ages 3-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Judy Katsh
A child stalling before bedtime seems to be a universal phenomenon. Here, it takes on added importance when the child who's putting off bedtime is Autumn, and the mother who's quickly losing patience is Mother Nature. In rhymed text, the child begs for one more song, snack, and outfit change as Mother Nature indulges with all the rich bounty and color of the season. Finally, young Autumn winds down and gently falls to sleep, Mother too can relax...until winter awakens! It's a lovely well-told story that emphasizes the seasonal characteristics of autumn while hinting at the circular rhythm of the seasons throughout the year. For young naturalists, the story will spark an urge to investigate. For young writers, the urge will be to write a parallel story about a child of a different season. And for art lovers, the richness of the book's full-page illustrations will delight and impress with its huge range of images created from a limited palette.
Library Journal
chipmunks patter..." to the last caress, "A whooshy, whirlishy,/windswept snuggle," Mother Earth tries to put her wild child, Autumn, to bed. Washes of liquid acrylic in warm browns, greens, and russets fill each double-page spread; the monumental Mother is molded from mountains with tresses of sun-streaked clouds. Autumn is attired in flaming foliage-a whirling dervish of energy. Plourde's inventive rhythm and rhyme keep step with the activity in the forests and fields. Both storytime audiences and individual readers will delight in detecting the changing form and palette used to depict Mother Earth as time passes, and they will rejoice that just as Autumn drifts off to sleep, another child appears: Winter! Pair this with Chris Van Allsburg's The Stranger (Houghton, 1986) for a program presenting intriguing fall personalities. Wild Child will go "a-swooshing" and "a-swirling" off of your shelves.-Wendy Lukehart, Dauphin County Library, Harrisburg, PA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The change of seasons from fall to winter makes a captivating bedtime story as Mother Nature tries to tuck in her wild child, Autumn. This child will do anything to stay up; when she complains that she needs a song, her mother provides one that includes acorns splattering, leaves crinkling, and birds twittering. Next the child needs a treat, and after she has munched on a bounty of cranberries, nuts, and pumpkins, she has to change into her pajamas. These nightclothes are the flame colors of autumn leaves with orange slippers to match. Before she can really fall asleep, the child demands a goodnight kiss. This "frosty kiss" is necessarily cold and frozen, foreshadowing the next season, but to readers, the effect of such a somber kiss from mother to child is chilling, or at least less than comforting. Finally the child yawns and curls up to sleep, but the mother will not be resting, for another child, Winter, arrives and "can't sleep." Couch's absorbing illustrations match the allegorical aspect of the poetic text, and both transport readers with images of unusual clarity and depth. (Picture book. 3-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689863493
Publisher:
Aladdin
Publication date:
08/05/2003
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
342,069
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
3 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Lynn PIourde's first picture book, Pigs in the Mud in the Middle of the Rud, was selected as one of School Library Journal's 1997 Best Books of the Year. Kirkus declared it "a wonderful frolic in mud and verse." Lynn has worked for twenty years as a public school speech-language therapist. She is also the author of ten educational books, including the Classroom Listening and Speaking series. Lynn lives with her husband and three children in Winthrop, Maine, where she has been seen jumping in piles of leaves during her favorite season of fall.

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Wild Child (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My almost 2 yr old daughter picked this out from the library and she adores it. We have read this about 100x. It is one of the most enchanting books I've read in a long time, we both love it. The colors and pictures just captivate her so much and I really do believe she understands the story. She asks about everything. I will be buying a copy so we can have it always.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a gift from a friend. I love it and so does my son and soon I will start reading it to my daughter. It is a delight and the colors are wonderful. The book says for age 3 but I started at 2 and my little guy would sit and listen and then ask for it again. I'm going to purchase 2 Wild Child books for gifts.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My rating is prejudiced since I'm the author of this book, but I believe every author may be lucky enough to have one magical book in a career & I believe WILD CHILD is my magical book. The story personifies the season of fall as a naughty little girl who doesn't want to go to bed--first she needs a song, a snack, a kiss, and more. Her mother is Mother Earth who gives Autumn each request in a special fall way--the snack: crunchy munchy chewy chestnuts/ plumpy lumpy pulpy pumpkins/ snapperly dapperly cidery apples/ puckery smuckery crimsony cranberries. When I first saw Greg Couch's illustrations, I cried. They were so beautiful! He cloaked the child Autumn in all the colors and symbols of her season. And Mother Earth metamorphoses throughout the book. She has a meadow for a dress on one page and boulders for a face on another page and clouds for hair on another page. In the end Mother Earth finally gets her wild child of Autumn to bed only to have the next child Winter wake up bouncing on the bed.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book at work to my class of 2year olds. It blew them away. I also read the book to my son which is also 2 years he loved it .