|Phyllis Root. Helen Oxenbury, illus.|
|Pages/Publication Date:||48 / 2007|
The author of The House that Jill Built and the illustrator of We're Going on a Bear Hunt offer this original creation myth for readers up to 7—the winner of the 2003 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Picture Books. Part laughing Buddha, part rotund housewife, Big Momma is floating in the void with a baby on her hip when she decides it's time to make light, dark, the sky, and the earth—along with all the grass and fruit trees and whales and birds and critters on it, and some folks to swap stories with on her front porch. "That's good," she says when she's finished each job. "That's real good." The down-home storytelling style pairs beautifully with Helen Oxenbury's smiling, chubby-cheeked characters.