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Matt is miserable. The subdivision where he now lives is surrounded by nothing but muddy fields of rocks and sticks. But when Matt ventures out, his imagination kicks in. He draws a muddy, winding line and names it Snake River. A pile of rocks becomes the Dog Tooth Mountains. Just like that, Mattland is born. Soon a little girl shows up with a handful of helpful odds and ends. Piece by piece, she and Matt expand their new world with popsicle-stick bridges and scrap-paper boats. And when a rainstorm finally threatens to wash everything away, all the neighborhood kids appear and help stave off the flood. Evocative of childhood friendships and with sublime illustrations that brighten in color as the story progresses, Mattland is an inspiring ode to cooperative play.
Publisher: Toronto : Annick Press, c2008
ISBN: 9781554511211
Branch Call Number: P HUT
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 23 x 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Herbert, Gail
Petričić, Dušan


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Nov 12, 2015

Beautiful illustrations, nuanced story.

Jan 28, 2012

This is an especially good story for anyone who is moving - it's about a child who is new to a neighbourhood, and the world he creates for himself and the new friends he makes as children join him and join in the game. I love Dusan Petricic's work so wanted to borrow this book for the illustrations alone - but the story is lovely too.

JoAnneRich Mar 25, 2009

This is a perfect time of year to read Mattland. The students enjoyed making their own "Mattlands" in the muddy yard after reading the book.

helenfisher Mar 19, 2009

Matt's land was made from mud. I think that is cool. (Adelaide--age 6)

MrsVanDusen Mar 12, 2009

Our school library has not received a copy of this book yet. Either has the school in a neighboring town! I hope it comes in before voting is done!

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Mar 26, 2013

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