What is it with children and mud? Some magical force draws children to the squishy mud like a magnet to iron. Mary Lyn Ray captures this fun-loving moment in her book, Mud. The illustrations are large, full, and inviting. They remind me of what a child might focus on and draw in their pictures. You can almost feel the mud squeezing its way through your toes.
Mud features the awakening of the spring season. Although a shorter text, narrative nonfiction is packed with perfect description. As author Barbara Morrow says, “Each word counts!”
Savorings for reading and in writing for Mud:
- Simile – “A cold sweet smell rises in the ground, like sap in the snow.”
- Personification – “By morning brown leaves loosen from their frozen drifts and run...”
- Varied Sentences
- Alliteration – squish, squck, sop, splat, slurp
- Magic of 3 – “Come spring. Come grass. Come green.”