Dust Devil

  • Title: Dust Devil
  • Author: Anne Isaacs
  • Illustrator: Paul O. Zelinsky
  • Publisher: Schwartz & Wade Books, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books
  • Publication year: 2010
  • Brief Summary: From Penguin Random House-“Swamp Angel has a reputation as the greatest woodswoman and wildest wildcat in all of Tennessee. But when she grows too big for that state, she moves to Montana, a place so sizeable, even Angel can fit in. It’s there that she wrestles a raging storm to the ground and, at its center, finds herself a sidekick—a horse she names Dust Devil. And when Backward Bart, the orneriest, ugliest outlaw ever known, starts terrorizing the prairie, seems like Angel and Dust Devil may be the only ones strong enough to stop him.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library – Much like in Swamp Angel, I think this created folktale would be great to use in relation with other folktales as children are first learning them. In fact, I think both books would be great read back to back.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it – I mainly wanted to read this sequel because this was mentioned during class and I had read Swamp Angel during my first 100 picture book readings. Once again, Zelinsky outdoes himself with the vibrant illustrations. I think really my favorite set of illustrations are the ones at the beginning where Swamp Angel wakes up in her new home in Montana and moves some mountains to get some shade.

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