Picnic at Mudsock Meadow

Patricia Polacco, Author
Patricia Polacco, Author Putnam Publishing Group $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-399-21811-8
Reviewed on: 09/14/1992
Release date: 09/01/1992
Paperback - 32 pages - 978-0-698-11449-4
Prebound-Sewn - 1 pages - 978-0-606-11747-0
Paperback - 32 pages - 978-0-14-241392-0
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A cast of clamorous children and colorful adults vivifies Polacco's latest childhood memory. Know-it-all Hester is always the first to point out shy William's shortcomings. At the annual Halloween picnic, however, William--having suffered humiliation throughout pumpkin carving, pumpkin seed spitting and tug-o'-war--decides to get even. He jumps into the eerie, glowing swamp nearby and emerges with a scary look that wins the costume contest hands down--and Hester's admiration, too. Polacco's text has the easy-going rhythm of a seasoned storyteller. Memorable nomenclature makes the proceedings distinctive, while many homey details exude feelings of small-town coziness and simplicity. Humorous scenes, such as a crew of girls from the Wah Tan Yee Girls Auxillary, Wigwam
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