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Harvey, Amanda E Rutherford, New Jersey, U.S.A. 1996 Hard Cover First Edition Very Good in Very Good jacket Zilla Sasparilla and the Mud Baby by Judith Gorog, illustrated by ... Amanda Harvey copyriaght 1995, published by Candlewick Press-stated First Edition. Hardback story/picture book is clean and in very good condition. Dust jacket has some residue from an old price sticker on back, but overall is very good and in a Brodart protector-looks nice. NOT AN EX-LIB! Read more Show Less

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Cambridge, MA 1995 Hardcover First Edition, First printing As NEW Oversized hardcover with dustjacket, both in very fine condition. Digital image available upon request. ... Summary: After she pulls a baby from the mud, Zilla take care of him & watches him grow, all the while worrying that she will lose him back to Little Muddy River. Read more Show Less

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
It will be a hardhearted parent who doesn't find a lump in her throat after reading this lyrical tale of a mother's love. Children, meanwhile (and little girls in particular), are certain to get caught up in the story's details of all the fussing and fretting that goes along with being a mommy. Pulling her lost shoe out of a mucky riverbank, a young woman named Zilla discovers that holding on to the other end is "a slithery, mud-golden baby." She becomes its devoted mother, bathing him in milk so he doesn't dry out in heat, and christening him Cinnamon "because he is the color of a beautiful piece of cinnamon toast." As Cinnamon grows up, Zilla fears the river will want her "mud baby" back, but he proves to her that the bond between them is unbreakable. Much of what makes the story magicalin both a literal and a literary senseis its restraint: Gorog (No Swimming in Dark Pond) never explains where the mud baby comes from, and the love between Zilla and Cinnamon emanates from the way Zilla goes about the work of nurturing him: "She fed him and changed him, bathed him and dried him. She told him rhymes on his fingers and his toes. She hugged him and kissed him, so glad that he was real." The gentle lines and sweet humor of Harvey's (Stormy Weather) drawings underscore the subtle charms of the text, deepening the considerable poetry of the story. Ages 6-9. (May)
Children's Literature - Catherine Campbell Wright
Zilla Sasparilla lives in a tiny town near the Little Muddy River. One evening, as she is walking beside the river, she stumbles down the bank and into the mud. In an attempt to retrieve her shoe, Zilla pulls a beautiful golden mud baby out of the dirt. Zilla takes him home, washes him clean with milk and names him Cinnamon. He then becomes a real baby, and everyone in town wants a mud baby of their own! The bond between Zilla and Cinnamon is refreshing and touching, and this story will transport readers into a rich and beautiful world.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Zilla Sasparilla stumbles into the muck of the Little Muddy River and loses her shoe. When she tries to retrieve it, she pulls out an infant. While very pleased to have the mud baby, she frets right away that the heat from her stove will dry it out and crack it. She seeks the sage advice of Granny Vi, who tells her if she first washes the baby in milk, all will be well. When Cinnamon reaches school age, Zilla begins to worry that he will be stolen back by the river, and decides to move. As they reach its bank, the mule refuses to budge, so Zilla tries to prod it along and slips into the Little Muddy. Cinnamon jumps in after her, and when Zilla sees the river isn't a threat to him, she contentedly heads back home. Both children and adults will be able to relate, from different points of view, to the worry and angst Zilla experiences as a mother. Harvey's watercolor-and-pencil illustrations, many of them full page, are expressive and blend nicely with the fairly lengthy text. A heartwarming additional purchase, especially where original fairy tales are popular.-Tom S. Hurlburt, La Crosse Public Library, WI
Kirkus Reviews
Zilla loses a shoe into the clutchy goop that lines the Little Muddy River. When she tries to pull it free, she finds in her hand a mud baby, waving that shoe. Granny Vi, Zilla's neighbor, tells her to wash the child in milk, then water, and what once was mud will become human. She does, he does, a family of two is born. But Zilla is plagued by worries: Does his muddy bathwater mean he is melting (Granny Vi counsels that all children leave muddy bathwater behind), and will the river try to reclaim its creation?

This is a promising scenario, especially well realized in Harvey's delicate, joy-filled pictures, but Gorog (see review, above) misses many of its opportunities. The rural setting is never developed, so readers never sense the river's menace the way Zilla does. The character of Cinnamon, first as a baby and then as a grown boy, is frustratingly blank, which makes it hard to identify with the central theme: the cares and concerns of parenting. Zilla's fears are such wild-eyed concoctions that the final scene, in which Cinnamon emerges safely from the river, has little impact.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564022950
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/1996
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.36 (w) x 10.15 (h) x 0.35 (d)

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