Epossumondas Saves the Day
It’s Epossumondas's birthday, so Mama's whipping up his favorite biscuits. But she's plumb out of sody sallyraytus! (That's baking soda to all you Yankees.) Everybody knows you can’t make big, fluffy biscuits without sody. One by one, Baby Gator, Auntie, and Mama scoot to the store to fetch some. But when no one comes back, it’s up to Epossumondas to run out and see what’s...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published November 1st 2006 by Harcourt Children's Books
(first published January 1st 2006)
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This is a Southern tale about trying to get baking soda for making buscuits on Epossumondas's birthday. Mamma sends baby gator and auntie to the store to get baking soda (or the term the book used was "sody sallyraytus") but they were both eaten by a great huge ugly louisiana snapping turtle. Mamma eventually goea herslf and is also eaten up. The story ends with epossumondas defeating the snapping turtle and saving his mamma, auntie and baby gator. In this story, heroes come in a small package...more
OH, my, if you have not discovered the Epossumondas books, you simply must. I've just read my first one: Epossumondas Saves the Day. It is as charming as fun picture books get. This southern tale of Mama and her diaper-wearing possum Epossumondas is filled with words that will make young audiences smile like "skedaddled," "meanders catawampus," "galumphed," and southern terms like "sody sallyraytus," the term for baking soda. Janet Stevens's illustrations are perfection, even patterning the char...more
The characters in this story are different from any of the other stories I’ve read because a human character is the mom and the son is an animal. I thought this was weird and after reading the first page I wasn’t so sure if I would like this idea. The language was well crafted. The term “sody sallyraytus” was used for baking soda, and from the author’s note it says this was an old Southern term. There was also use of a simile that said, “That little possum was getting as nervous as a long-tailed...more
I have never quite understood these books until I listened to this one on audio-love the reader's Louisianan accent. Never realized this title is based upon the "sody, sody, sallyratus" tale of old which usually is my favorite one to read to Kindergarteners. I will have to use this version next time.