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EPOSSUMONDAS SAVES THE DAY by Coleen Salley Kirkus Star


by Coleen Salley & illustrated by Janet Stevens

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-15-205701-3
Publisher: Harcourt

This high-spirited Louisiana version of the traditional folktale, “Sody Sallyraytus,” is great fun to read aloud. It’s Epossumondas’s birthday, and Mama needs baking soda, or “sody sallyraytus,” to make the sweet biscuits for strawberry shortcake, his favorite dessert. One by one, Baby Gator, Auntie, Mama and finally Epossumondas himself, cross the creek to the grocery store, chanting “Sody! Sody! Sody sallyraytus!” But on the way home, each of them falls prey to a “GREAT, HUGE, UGLY LOUISIANA SNAPPING TURTLE,” all except for little Epossumondas, who cleverly and bravely saves the day. In the end, all (except the turtle) celebrate with strawberry shortcake. Salley’s telling never misses a beat, and Stevens’s energetic illustrations depict not only the unmistakable Ms. Salley as Mama, but also a matching “Auntie” in flowered dress, red pumps and party hat, both wonderfully contrasted with a truly GREAT, HUGE, UGLY LOUISIANA SNAPPING TURTLE. (author’s note) (Picture book. 4-8)