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Big Mama Makes the World
by Phyllis Root 1621/817 illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
first published 2002
Early Years for ages 3 to 7 published by Walker Books Ltd
Available from:  Amazon.co.uk
* £10.39, usually dispatched within 2 to 3 days.
Karen King's humble opinion
9/10 Very good. I am pleased with this.
What's it about?
A modern day myth about how the world was created told in a really original way. Helen Oxenbury's marvellous illustrations really bring the story to life.
What happens?
Big Mama makes the world, with her baby on her hip. First she makes light, then she makes dark, then she makes the moon to take care of the night, and the stars in case the moon oversleeps. And so it goes on, with Big Mama pronouncing; "Good. That's very, very good." Until the world is finally created and she and her baby can rest.
Is it easy to read?
Yes. It's written in a simple, straightforward, no-nonsense style that's entertaining to listen to as well as read out loud. A brilliant book.
Anything else?
Phyllis Root has written numerous children's books including What Baby Wants and Kiss the Cow whilst Helen Oxenbury is a popular, prize-winning illustrator, illustrating Farmer Duck and We're Going on a Bear Hunt amongst other titles.
Who says so?
This review by Karen King.
The publisher reckons...
A joyous, lyrical, rousing creation story like no other you've ever read. When Big Mama made the world, she didn't mess about. Earth sky and sea, sun and moon, plants and trees, fish, birds and animals all fell right in line with Big Mama's plans. What Big Mama wants, Big Mama gets. That's how it is. It wasn't easy, either, with that little baby to take care of. But nothing stops Big Mama. Not for a second. Through it all - from darkness to light, from far up in the clouds to the bottom of the ocean, from a ball of mud to a big bang - shines Big Mama, larger-than-life and down-to-earth, with her baby sitting on her hip and the laundry piling up. All who read this original and utterly joyful book will agree that Phyllis Root and Helen Oxenbury have given us a creation myth like no other in the world. As Big Mama would say, "Good. That's very, very good."
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