Mud

written by Mary Lyn Ray, illustrated by Lauren Stringer

Spring brings "gooey, gloppy. mucky, magnificent mud."

What happens in the spring? Mud takes over the world. Feet in mud are happy feet. Hands in mud hold the promise of green soon to come. The simple text of this free-verse poem evokes sounds ("squish, squick") and images ("hills remember their colors") and relates the action ("dig it! dance it!"). The acrylic paintings give large scale to objects such as oak leaves that require nearly a full page to be expressed.