September 5, 2008
What is mud, anyway? Mud can be wet soil, but the best, squishiest, ozziest mud puddles are wet clay. Clay is made of minerals (rocks are made of minerals, too).
I love mud. It's a sunscreen so I don't burn my nose or tail. Mosquitoes can't bite me. But best of all, mud can be made into mud pies, mud cupcakes, and mud strudel. I can make mud paintings and mud sculptures. People make houses and buildings out of mud. Adobe bricks are made of sand, clay, sticks, and straw. The bricks dry and harden in the sun. In ancient times, large temples and even whole cities were made from mud bricks.
A whole town is too much for a pig--but I'd really like a mud igloo someday.
Yours with snorts,
'Tis the week before Christmas at Mud Flat
...and all the animals are preoccupied with gift lists and shopping and deciding who will play Santa at the village Christmas party (perhaps a certain tiny female mollusk*?). All except Freddie, who's busy in his repair shop working on a plan of his own that will remind everyone what the spirit of giving -- Mud Flat-style -- is all about. Short, gemlike chapters accompanied by enchanting watercolor illustrations make this another welcome visit to James Stevenson's one-of-a-kind animal habitat that his young fans will joyously recognize as Mud Flat!
On night it happens. Maybe it begins in the warmth of the day, but it's always at night that it happens. Earth comes unfrozen. And then there is . . . MUD
! Simple text and exuberant illustrations will make children and their grown-up friends want to sink their feet into gooey, gloppy, mucky, magnificent mud.
For forty years, Mud Pies and Other Recipes
has been the cookbook for dolls, using only the finest ingredients found outside. This special 40th anniversary hardcover edition now includes a Tea Party in the menu section, so that dolls will be prepared for every social occasion. Erik Blegvad's classically fetching illustrations provide the perfect dressing for Marjorie Winslow's outdoor cookbook for dolls.
2006 Texas Library Association's 2X2 Reading List
; A BookPage Notable Title
It's time for bed, but bedtime at Cornelius's house is no ordinary event. Whether it's stuffing toys in the fridge or playing rodeo in the bathroom, this plucky piggy
has his own ideas.
Give a child a ball of clay and hours of creative fun are sure to follow! From coiled goblets and elegant vases (with impressions of real leaves) to slab-rolled lanterns with cut-out shapes, kids can make so many fantastic things
. Help them set up their own "artist's studio" and experience the pleasure of creating fabulous ceramics from scratch. You won't even need a kiln, because there's advice on finding places to fire the clay-plus all the basics on tools and materials. Handbuilding techniques include pinching, coiling, slabmaking, and press molding, and children will even learn how to shape clay around an inflated balloon. Every one of the 26 projects-shown in color how-to photographs and whimsical illustrations--offers a captivating visual experience. "Clay clues" answer common troubleshooting questions and a gallery of ceramics by youngsters offers inspiration. From the beginning stages of creation to the final firing, these projects rock!