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Celia and the Sweet, Sweet Water

Vladimir Vagin (Illustrator), Katherine Paterson

Library Binding

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Long ago, a young girl named Celia lived with her mother and a grumpy dog, Brumble, in a tiny house deep in the countryside. When Celia's beloved mother fell ill, Celia tried to make her feel better, but nothing seemed to help. "If only I could drink once more the sweet, sweet water of my childhood, my life would be saved," her mother cried. As Celia loves her mother very much, she sets out immediately with the complaining Brumble to find the precious water. Along the way, they meet several unhappy creatures: a wild child of the woods; a sobbing, wretched woman of the water; and a mad man of the mountain. Through kindness and enormous generosity, Celia manages not only to complete her quest, but to dissolve the sorrow of the three souls she has encountered on her journey.

Praise For Celia and the Sweet, Sweet Water

"With precise lyricism and a folktale cadence, an award-winning author spins a tale elegantly matched to the hyperreal, densely patterned Vagin illustrations." Booklist, ALA

"Paterson presents an original story with the age-old feel of a classic. . . . Paterson's storytelling makes this a cut above many happily-ever-after tales, and Vagin's use of line in his fine paintings matches the story's style and tone." Kirkus Reviews

Clarion Books, 9780395913246, 32pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 1998