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Dust Devil

by Anne Isaacs

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The illustrations are interesting enough, but the story is kind of all over the place. It's a tall tale of how Montana and the West gained some of their famous natural landmarks (Grand Canyon, Sawtooth Ridge, geysers, buttes, etc.). I think the book would have been better split up into a group of super short stories or poems instead of the one long story.
It might be a good supplement to use when teaching about tall tales, landscapes, or similes and metaphors. ( )
  amyolivia | Oct 25, 2013 |
As tall tales go, this one was exceptional. I really liked the story. It was entertaining and over the top just as any good tall should be. Very nicely written and impressively told. ( )
  matthewbloome | May 19, 2013 |
Summary: Angelica Longrider (Swamp Angel) moves to Montana and sets out to tame the a giant dust storm that turns out to be a really big horse she names Dust Devil. The altercation between the two create the Grand Canyon. They then chase Backward Bart and his Flying Desperadoes across Montana and create the Sawtooth Range.



Personal Reaction: The story line was very original and creative. The author was about to create a story as to how natural landmark were made. The author also created a theme in the story that demonstrates good versus bad and how good wins out. Angelica Longrider is also a character that shows girls that they can be strong and independent.



Classroom Extension:

1) Assign students to create a story about how a natural landmark was created. Have the students pick a landmark by pulling one from a jar.

2) Have students draw a famous natural landmark. ( )
  RosieBillings | Apr 24, 2013 |
I'd give 4 1/2 stars to this tall tale if I could. Swamp Angel is one of my all-time favortie picture books, so I have lofty expectations for any sequel. This is a wonderfully entertaining tall tale with gorgeous illustrations by Zelinsky, but it's not got the magic of Swamp Angel. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
This rip roaring tall tale is the continuing story of Angelica Longrider, first started in the Caldecott Honor Book, Swamp Angel. Now a resident of Montana, larger-than-life Angel befriends her neighbors and sets about taming the Wild West. She tames a dust storm that turns out to be a gigantic horse she names Dust Devil. Their tussle creates the Grand Canyon. Angel and Dust Devil go on to chase an evil band of terrorizing robbers, Backward Bart and his Flying Desperadoes, across the whole of Montana, thus creating the Sawtooth Range. Although this book is the sequel to Swamp Angel, it can be read as a stand alone book as well.

This original tall tale is full of exaggerated plot points and larger-than-life characters. Frequently the events of the story are said to create particular geographical land markers, such as the Grand Canyon and the buttes of Montana. Taming the Wild West is the theme of this good versus evil story, which leads to a rewarding resolution. Although some characters in the story question Angel’s ability to do things based on her gender, Angel is not a woman to take no for an answer. She is a strong female protagonist, cut from the same cloth as her male counterparts such as Paul Bunyan and Pecos Bill.

Full Review at Picture-Book-a-Day: http://picturebookaday.blogspot.com/2012/02/book-60-dust-devil-by-anne-isaacs.ht...
  amy-picturebookaday | Feb 29, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375867228, Hardcover)

Here is the thrilling, thigh-slapping companion to Swamp Angel, the beloved Caldecott Honor–winning picture book.

Swamp Angel has a reputation as the greatest woodswoman and wildest wildcat in all of Tennessee. But when she grows too big for that state, she moves to Montana, a place so sizeable, even Angel can fit in. It’s there that she wrestles a raging storm to the ground and, at its center, finds herself a sidekick—a horse she names Dust Devil. And when Backward Bart, the orneriest, ugliest outlaw ever known, starts terrorizing the prairie, seems like Angel and Dust Devil may be the only ones strong enough to stop him.

Dust Devil received four starred reviews and was named a New York Times Notable Children's Book of the Year and an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Winner. Children will be captivated by the beauty and exaggerated humor of Paul Zelinsky’s American primitive–style paintings and the wit and energy of Anne Isaacs’s unparalleled storytelling. Here is an original folktale starring an extraordinary gal who is as feisty as she is funny and as courageous as she is kind.

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Having moved to Montana from Tennessee in the 1830s, fearless Angelica Longrider--also known as Swamp Angel--changes the state's landscape, tames a wild horse, and captures some desperadoes.

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