Dust Devil by Anne Isaacs

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Here is the thrilling, thigh-slapping companion to Swamp Angel, the beloved Caldecott Honor–winning picture book.

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.

Dust Devil received four starred reviews and was named a New York Times Notable Children's Book of the Year and an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Winner. Children will be captivated by the beauty and exaggerated humor of Paul Zelinsky’s American primitive–style paintings and the wit and energy of Anne Isaacs’s unparalleled storytelling. Here is an original folktale starring an extraordinary gal who is as feisty as she is funny and as courageous as she is kind.


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About Anne Isaacs

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Anne Isaacs was born in Buffalo, New York, where she lived until she left for college. As a child, Anne read constantly, selecting books such as Wind in the Willows and Romeo and Juliet. Her favorite book was Little Women, and she grew up to have a life much like the heroine Jo; maintaining a career as an educator, a mother, and a children's book writer. In 1967 Anne left Buffalo for the University of Michigan where she received degrees in English Literature and Environmental Education. Today she lives in the San Francisco Bay area. Published in 2006, Pancakes for Supper, is loosely based on the plot of Helen Bannerman's classic story, "Little Black Sambo." But in writing Pancakes for Supper, Anne Isaacs decided to create the first completely American retelling of this beloved story. The characters in Pancakes for Supper, including five animals, are indigenous to New England in the early half of the 19th century. The main character, a spunky new heroine named Toby, has what it takes to stand up to a ferocious wolf, cougar, bear, skunk, and porcupine. The clarified butter, or ghee, of the original tale becomes, in Pancakes for Supper, fresh-tapped maple syrup from the Vermont trees that still supply America with the most famous of pancake toppings.
 
Published September 14, 2010 by Schwartz & Wade. 49 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The further adventures of Anne Isaacs’ answer to Paul Bunyan, Angelica Longrider, the greatest woodswoman in the land.

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