Big Momma Makes the World

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Big Momma Makes the World

By Phyllis Root; Helen Oxenbury (Illustrator)

Candlewick Press (MA), Paperback, 9780763626006, 48pp.

Publication Date: March 27, 2007

"Among the many creation retellings and variations, this one takes the cake." THE HORN BOOK (starred review)
When Big Momma makes the world, she doesn t mess around. With a baby on her hip and laundry piling up, she demands light and dark, earth and sky, creepers and crawlers, and lots of folks to trade stories with on the front porch. And when the work is done, Big Momma, she is pleased all right. "That's good," she says. "That's real good." With down-home language and infectious rhythms, Phyllis Root spins a creation myth like no other, brilliantly illustrated by the incomparable Helen Oxenbury.

About the Author
Phyllis Root says this story was inspired by her childhood memories of Mother Holle, a character in German fairy tales. She lives in snowy Minneapolis, Minnesota.

HELEN OXENBURY is the world-class illustrator of dozens of beloved picture books, includingMichael Rosen's "We're Going on a Bear Hunt, " Phyllis Root's "Big Momma Makes the World, "which wonthe "Boston Globe-Horn Book" Picture Book Award, " "and her own Tom and Pippo series. She lives in London, England.