Why the Stomach Growls

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According to African Mythology, a lonely Creator made the first human being as separate parts, such as eyes to share the beauty of the garden, a nose to smell the flowers, and legs to skip and run. Finally, a stomach was fashioned. All of the parts enjoyed their functions, except for the stomach, which didn't know what to do. Bored and jealous, the growling, grumbling stomach caused problems for all the others. The angry Creator decided to put all of the parts together so they would have to get along. He placed the stomach right in the middle, but sometimes it still growls. Colorful prose and whimsical illustrations ignite the imagination of young readers. Pamela Duncan Edwards is a prolific author of children's books. Her previous work for Sleeping Bear Press includes O is for Old Dominion: A Virginia Alphabet. She lives in Virginia.Bridget Starr Taylor, a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, lives in New York City. Her illustrations have appeared in The New York Times, Sports Illustrated and Highlights magazine.



  • Dewey: E
  • Graphics: Full-color illustrations
  • Hardcover (9781585362981): 32 pages, 10 (w) x 10 (h), © 2007, 09/28/2006
  • PDF (9781627536455): 32 pages, © 2013, 09/20/2013
  • Hosted ebook (9781627536578): 32 pages, © 2013, 09/20/2013
  • Series: Myths, Legends, Fairy and Folktales


  • Suggested Interest Level: Age 6 - Age 9
  • ATOS Reading Level: 4.1
  • ATOS Interest Level: LG
  • Accelerated Reader® Quiz: 111028
  • Accelerated Reader® Points: 0.5

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Author: Pamela Duncan Edwards

Pamela Duncan Edwards came from England to live in Virginia 20 years ago and fell in love with her new home. Pamela was a children’s librarian before becoming the author of nearly 25 picture books. She thinks Virginia is the most beautiful state and hopes she will live there forever. Pamela makes her home in Vienna, Virginia.

Illustrator: Bridget Starr Taylor

Bridget Starr Taylor grew up on a hillside farm in northwestern Connecticut. She earned a BA in illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design. Bridget has lived for over 24 years in the (now very trendy) neighborhood known as the meatpacking district in New York City. She is married to an editor of the Wall Street Journal. In addition to illustration, Bridget designs and constructs sets and props for special events. Her clients have included the New York Public Library, Chase Bank/Metrotech Center, and the Bronx Zoo. Some of her illustration credits include the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Sports Illustrated, and Sesame Street Magazine.