The Desert is My Mother = El desierto es Mi Madre
The Desert is My Mother = El desierto es Mi Madre

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Annotation: Poetic rendition of the relationship between nature and Hispanic and Native American people.
Catalog Number: #73989
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
All Formats: Search
Copyright Date: 1994
Edition Date: 1994
Illustrator: Lechon, Daniel,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-558-85158-5 Perma-Bound: 0-605-28811-9
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-558-85158-0 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-28811-9
Dewey: 811
LCCN: 94020047
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: Spanish
Bilingual: Yes
Reviews:
Horn Book
A poem celebrating the beauty of the desert is presented in both English and Spanish. Mediocre illustrations depict a young girl showing appreciation for the variety of gifts--turquoise, flowers, herbs, wind, rain--that the desert shares with her. The evocative poem is printed in its entirety in both languages at the end.
Publishers Weekly
With the simplest of words, Mora (Listen to the Desert/Oye al desierto) invokes the grand powers of the desert. A girl with long, dark hair narrates: """"I say feed me. She serves red prickly pear on a spiked cactus.... I say frighten me. She shouts thunder, flashes lightning."""" To underscore the dream-like quality of the narrator's thoughts about the desert, Lechon places the girl alternately outside or partially within the frames of paintings that float on a desert-like textured background. However, he seems capable of endowing her with only saccharine expressions, and her facial features change drastically from one spread to the next. His trite characterizations suppress the beauty of Mora's bilingual text, which, especially in Spanish, communicates quiet joy and reverence. Ages 3-7. (Dec.)
Word Count: 132
Reading Level: 1.5
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 1.5 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 18305 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:1.9 / points:2.0 / quiz:Q03004
Lexile: AD440L
Guided Reading Level: L
Fountas & Pinnell: L

A poetic depiction of the desert as the provider of comfort, food, spirit, and life.


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