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Title: Swamp Angel
Author: Anne Isaacs
Illustrator: Paul O. Zelinsky
Publisher: Puffin Books, Penguin Group
Publication year: 1994
Brief Summary: From Penguin Random House-“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.”
Ideas for using this book in classroom or library – This book could be used in conjunction when Paul Bunyan is being recounted in school or preschool. This is a twist on Paul Bunyan as obviously, our protagonist is a woman, and a woman who has the physicality to battle a bear (some woman empowerment anyone?).
Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it – Once again, Zelinsky’s illustrations are engaging and colorful. There are so many details hidden within Zelinsky’s illustrations that really expand or go beyond the text.