Mud is Cake by Pam Munoz Ryan

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Pam Munoz Ryan and David McPhail open the door to the imagination in this lyrical, rhyming picture book. Two young children act, pretend, sing, invent their way into wondrous realms with creativity, charm, and a little does of magic.

About Pam Munoz Ryan

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Author Pam Muñoz Ryan was born in Bakersfield, California on December 25, 1951. She received a B. A. in child development and a M. A. in education from San Diego State University. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a bilingual Head Start teacher and as an early childhood program administrator. At first, she wrote adult books about child development, but soon switched to writing children's books. She has written over twenty-five picture books, novels, and nonfiction books for young readers. The novel Esperanza Rising, winner of the Pura Belpre Medal, the Jane Addams Peace Award, an ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults, and the Americas Award Honor Book, is based on her own grandmother's immigration from Mexico to California. Riding Freedom has also won many awards including the national Willa Cather Award and the California Young Reader Medal. When Marian Sang, a picture book about singer Marian Anderson, won numerous awards including the ALA Sibert Honor and NCTE's Orbis Pictus Award. She currently lives in Leucadia, California. David McPhail is the author and illustrator of more than fifty children's books, including two previous picture books featuring Edward ? Santa's Book of Names and Edward and the Pirates. David McPhail lives in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Published April 1, 2002 by Hyperion. 40 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books.

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As Ryan's (Esperanza Rising) lilting, rhyming narrative chimes in, the artwork creates a subtle subplot: the children serve cake and tea to a bear king and an elephant queen, "Mud is cake/ if you pretend/ and don't really take a bite./ And juice is tea/ with a fairy queen/ if you act it out just ...

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