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Listen to the Desert/Oye Al Desiertoby Pat Mora
Synopses & Reviews
Pat Mora's simple, poetic text in English and Spanish visits the desert at nightfall, when many different voices are speaking. Young children who have Spanish as either their first or second language will delight in the repeated, rhythmic sounds of this fascinating habitat at night. Lively illustrations are rendered in the vibrant hues of the desert.
A bilingual account of some of the animals and sounds commonly found in the Southwestern desert. Each double-page spread depicts a vast expanse of light blue sky with four lines of text—two in English and two in Spanish—on the verso, and a different creature or scene on the recto. . . . The translations are appropriate and provide an excellent opportunity to compare the sounds in the two languages. . . . The illustrations evoke Native American art in shapes and colors, and the bottoms of the pages are adorned with geometric designs. This book is a good choice for reading aloud; young audiences will enjoy the predictable, repetitive text, and its bilingual format enhances its appeal in a variety of multicultural settings.”—School Library Journal
A very simple text, with each line repeated twice in English plus twice in Spanish, becomes a rhythmic, lyrical bilingual chant suggesting the onomatopoeic powers of both tongues. . . . A brightly decorative geometric motif runs
A bilingual poem about desert noises is accompanied by bright watercolors in desert hues.
About the Author
Pat Mora, a poet of Mexican-American heritage, is the recipient of a 1994 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in poetry. Her published work includes poetry and nonfiction for adults as well as children. Her previous picture book for Clarion was LISTEN TO THE DESERT/OYE AL DESIERTO, illustrated by Francisco X. Mora. Ms. Mora, a native of El Paso, Texas, now lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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