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The Desert Is Theirs [Paperback]

Byrd Baylor , Peter Parnall
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April 30 1987
You may think of the desert as a harsh, dry place where no one would ever want to live -- but think again.
The Desert People know. so do the animals. Both love the land, and "share the feeling of being brothers in the desert, of being desert creatures together."
Byrd Baylor's spare, poetic text and Peter Parnall's striking illustrations lime the sky, stone and sand of the desert in this haunting book.

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Byrd Baylor lives and writes in Arizona, presenting images of the Southwest and an intense connection between the land and the people. Her prose illustrates vividly the value of simplicity, the natural world, and the balance of life within it.

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This is no place for anyone who wants soft hills and meadows and everything green green green . . . Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life in the desert. May 17 1999
Format:Paperback
This children's book describes the animal- and plant-life found in the desert in the southwest U.S., including the Papago Indians. Children learn more about what it is like to live in such an environment. The book was illustrated by Peter Parnall and was a 1976 Caldecott Honor book (i.e., a runner-up to the Medal winner) for best illustrations in a book for children.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ALL TEACHERS MUST READ IT! Nov. 13 2000
Format:Hardcover
HELLO, I AM 24 AND I WILL START TEACHING ON JANUARY. I WILL USE THIS BOOK WHEN TALKING ABOUT ANIMALS AND NATURE. IT IS A USEFUL BOOK FOR GRADES 4TH AND UP BECAUSE OF THE ILLUSTRATIONS AND THE MESSAGE IN POETIC FORM. A MUST READ BOOK! I RECOMEND IT HIGHLY. I AM USING IT NOW FOR MY CHILDREN'S LITERATURE CLASS.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book Aug. 6 2013
By Sarah
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Love this book - have since added many more from these guys into my cart!

Story is appropriate for children but has a wonderful meaning and is like poetry for adults. Images are simple and beautiful - could frame some pages for the wall!

Love this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life in the desert. May 17 1999
By R. D. Allison (dallison@biochem.med.ufl.edu) - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This children's book describes the animal- and plant-life found in the desert in the southwest U.S., including the Papago Indians. Children learn more about what it is like to live in such an environment. The book was illustrated by Peter Parnall and was a 1976 Caldecott Honor book (i.e., a runner-up to the Medal winner) for best illustrations in a book for children.
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5.0 out of 5 stars .Sands Of Life Time July 26 2007
By M. Goodman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The Desert story is beautifully depicted, wonderfully written, enjoyed and gives a vivid insight into life stories and cultures.
I have purchased and read many of "Byrd Baylor's" books. Read them to grandchildren and also read them to very elderly frail folk in nursing home care and been very much enjoyed by all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Byrd Baylor's The Desert Is Theirs Dec 11 2012
By Susan Kane - Published on Amazon.com
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All of Baylor's books are lyrical in the simplicity of language, and Peter Parnell art flows with it.

As a teacher, I used this book in writing projects to emphasize that often more is not better. The art also provided opportunity to get away from child-typical rainbows and flat grass.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Desert Poetry June 20 2010
By swreader - Published on Amazon.com
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Byrd Baylor's book are classified as "children's" literature--and in some ways they are. But The Desert Is Theirs, like her other books is a joy to read for both adults and children. And the illustrations by Parnall) for this book, like most of her others, are breathtaking.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ALL TEACHERS MUST READ IT! Nov. 13 2000
By VERONICA - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
HELLO, I AM 24 AND I WILL START TEACHING ON JANUARY. I WILL USE THIS BOOK WHEN TALKING ABOUT ANIMALS AND NATURE. IT IS A USEFUL BOOK FOR GRADES 4TH AND UP BECAUSE OF THE ILLUSTRATIONS AND THE MESSAGE IN POETIC FORM. A MUST READ BOOK! I RECOMEND IT HIGHLY. I AM USING IT NOW FOR MY CHILDREN'S LITERATURE CLASS.
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