Swamp Angel

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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 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

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    Swamp Angel Reviews

  • Calista

    I have never heard of this story and I wonder if it is a real tall tale, but I sure liked it. I love stories about Paul Bunyan and Pecos Bill as American myth. This is Swamp Angel. She is about 50 fee...

  • Manybooks

    I am usually a huge and appreciative fan of Paul O. Zelinsky's artistry and style, but with Swamp Angel, I actually find his accompanying illustrations to Anne Isaac's prsented narrative both much too...

  • Kathryn

    There were things I liked a lot about this book. First, it's a very tall tale with a very tall girl and a very big bear. I like the "just so stories" aspect because we learn how the Smoky Mountains we...

  • Lisa Vegan

    I read this for the Picture Books club over at the Children's Books group, where this month’s theme is North American folk tales. This one surprised me because it is an original tale; I was expectin...

  • Caroline

    Paul O. Zelinsky is one of my favorite illustrators, if not my very favorite, and this is why I read Swamp Angel. Unfortunately, not only is this modern fairy tale (it's Anne Isaacs's invention, not a...

  • Crystal Marcos

    2 1/2 stars~I started with Swamp Angel, it looked interesting. I liked the cover and I have to say I wanted to like this book more than I did. The title itself is a promising title. I couldn't really ...

  • Abigail

    Anne Isaacs sets out to expand the American Tall-Tale pantheon with Swamp Angel, a Caldecott Honor Book from 1995, producing a humorous and engaging story in the process. With a decidedly tongue-in-ch...

  • Luann

    I quite enjoyed this. I read it to my library classes as part of a lesson on tall tales. It worked well in illustrating the elements of a tall tale yet was a story they hadn't already heard. Overall t...

  • Courtney Dyer

    Swamp Angel is a Caldecott Honor book written by Anne Isaacs and illustrated by master illustrator Paul O. Zelinsky. Zelinsky, known for his beautiful oil paintings, doesn’t hold back for this Tenne...

  • Dolly

    This is an interesting folktale, similar to the "Paula Bunyan" book I read a month or so ago. It's full of tall tales and exaggerations and is a fun story to read aloud. The illustrations by Paul O. Z...