Synopses & Reviews
Powerful, warm, and utterly original, this no-nonsense tall tale of Big Momma the creator is a jubilant celebration of our beautiful world - and a reminder to take good care of it.
Earth, said Big Momma, Get over here.
And it did.
All one big ball of mud it was,
nothing much to look at.
Baby liked it all right just the way it was,
but Big Momma wasn't finished yet.
When Big Momma makes the world, she doesn't mess around. With a little baby on her hip and laundry piling up, she demands light and dark, earth and sky, creepers and crawlers, and lots of folks to trade stories with on the front porch. And when the work is done, Big Momma, she is pleased all right. That's good, she says. That's real good.
With down-home language and infectious rhythms, storyteller Phyllis Root spins a creation myth like no other, brilliantly illustrated by the incomparable Helen Oxenbury.
Big Mamma, with a baby on her hip and laundry piling up, makes the world and everything in it and, at the end of the sixth day, tells the people she has made that they must take care of her creation. Reprint.
Now available in paperback. With infectious rhythms and down-home language, this original creation myth tells how Big Momma makes the world--even with a baby on her hip and the laundry piled up. Full color.
"Among the many creation retellings and variations, this one takes the cake." — THE HORN BOOK (starred review)
When Big Momma makes the world, she doesnt mess around. With a baby on her hip and laundry piling up, she demands light and dark, earth and sky, creepers and crawlers, and lots of folks to trade stories with on the front porch. And when the work is done, Big Momma, she is pleased all right. "Thats good," she says. "Thats real good." With down-home language and infectious rhythms, Phyllis Root spins a creation myth like no other, brilliantly illustrated by the incomparable Helen Oxenbury.
About the Author
Phyllis Root has written many books for children, including Oliver Finds His Way, What Baby Wants, Rattletrap Car, and Kiss the Cow! She says that the idea for Big Momma Makes the World came from a long-ago family car trip through the West. "My children were restless, yet fascinated by the unfamiliar scenery. They made up stories about why the landscape looked the way it did, and God and a baby were in lots of the stories." Phyllis Root lives in Minnesota with her two daughters.
Helen Oxenbury is one of todays most acclaimed illustrators. Among her books are Lewis Carrolls ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND, which won a Kate Greenaway Medal; Trish Cookes SO MUCH; Martin Waddells FARMER DUCK; and Michael Rosens WE'RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT. She says of working on BIG MOMMA MAKES THE WORLD, "As I read Phylliss text, I imagined Big Momma as part Buddha, part housewife. . . . It was intimidating to create a whole world, but very enjoyable."