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Mud is cake
Ryan, Pam Muñoz.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Hyperion Books For Children, [2002]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 30 cm
A brother and sister find that when they use their imagination mud can become cake and they themselves can become almost anything.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.5 0.5 60390.

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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.

Author Notes

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. In 2015 her title Echo made The New York Times Best Seller List. She also won a Kirkus Prize in the children's literature category with her title 'Echo'.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 4-6. The joys of pretend play take center stage in this imaginative picture book. In Ryan's rhyming verse, everyday objects are transformed by creative thinking: «Porch is stage / when you imagine / thunderous applause. Stick is wand / when you suppose / the magic it can cause.» The central characters, a brother and sister, move through the imaginary scenes dressed in costumes and interacting with a zoo full of toy animals come to life. Shown both together and separately, the children create drums out of pots, a fort out of snow, a boat out of the bathtub, and phones out of tin cans; there's not a TV or Game Boy in sight. Oversize, full-page watercolor illustrations joyfully depict the innocent fun. McPhail used a bamboo reed pen and brown ink over watercolor washes to give the scenes an old-fashioned flavor that works well with the book's theme. This is a good story time selection for very young children who aren't inclined or able to follow a plot or sit through lengthy text. Lauren Peterson.

Publisher's Weekly Review

In the opening illustration in this winsome tome, a mother reads to her two children as their stuffed animals look on and rain falls outside. Then, as a rainbow fills the sky, the siblings play in a mud puddle while their toy menagerie watches from the front stoop. On subsequent spreads, McPhail (Mole Music) transforms the toys into life-size animals that help the youngsters demonstrate how imagination can turn the ordinary into the fanciful or the fantastical. 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 right." Flips of the pages reveal the cheerful characters using a porch as a stage, a stick as a magic wand, a cardboard box as a tree house, a bathtub as a boat, etc. The large-scale, softly focused ink-and-watercolor pictures evoke an old-fashioned charm that neatly matches the verse's timeless theme, condensed in the closing words: "You can be most anything in dreams, or wide-awake. If you agree that juice is tea... if you believe that mud is cake." The book's gentle tone and dream-inspiring potential makes it a fine choice for lazy rainy days and bedtime. Ages 2-5. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-The world of a child's imagination is revealed through rhyming verse and fanciful art. Examples include "Porch is stage when you imagine thunderous applause" and "tree is spaceship if you trust that it can fly away." Children will recognize the many different situations as games they themselves have played. Many parents will find their children wanting to act out the scenes illustrated in the book. McPhail's soft and whimsical watercolor paintings illustrate the characters' imaginary play in a very appealing manner. The art shows the same boy and girl with a variety of animals that join in the fun throughout the story. One verse refers to a book as a door to escape into places you've never been. The picture of jungle animals escaping from its pages is enchanting. An excellent choice for storytimes or one-on-one sharing.-Sheilah Kosco, Rapides Parish Library, Alexandria, LA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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