I'm in Charge of Celebrations

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From the highly acclaimed team of Byrd Baylor and Peter Parnall comes the story of a girl who shares her love for desert life as she tells of treasured experiences like dancing in the wind on Dust Devil Day or sleeping outside on a hot summer night during The Time of the Falling Stars. Baylor's radiant prose-poem and Parnall's exquisite illustrations combine to create a joyous celebration of the human spirit.

A dweller in the desert celebrates a triple rainbow, a ...

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Overview

From the highly acclaimed team of Byrd Baylor and Peter Parnall comes the story of a girl who shares her love for desert life as she tells of treasured experiences like dancing in the wind on Dust Devil Day or sleeping outside on a hot summer night during The Time of the Falling Stars. Baylor's radiant prose-poem and Parnall's exquisite illustrations combine to create a joyous celebration of the human spirit.

A dweller in the desert celebrates a triple rainbow, a chance encounter with a coyote, and other wonders of the wilderness.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
According to PW, ``Danziger's witty sequel to Remember Me to Harold Square has all of the zip of that novelplus the historically rich setting of London.'' Ages 10-14. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4 Another collaboration set in the desert from this author/artist team. The styles are consistent: typically twin columns of very short lines of prose set into double-page spreads of intense colors and large white spaces. This is a paean to the forces of nature active in the desert, and a young woman's love of her environment that motivates many private celebrations: Coyote Day, Dust Devil Day, The Time of Falling Stars. The words are personal descriptions of responses to events. The images, however, are much more universal, abstract visualizations. Again the black line helps define horizons, animals, and dust devils (whirlwinds), but it's the sweep of pure color shapes appearing almost stenciled in their sharp-edgedness that will grab children's attention. Parnall can make his audience see empty space as solid form, can juxtapose a red against a pale blue and set the page on fire. But he can also add travel poster cacti that destroy the mysticism of his suggestive abstractions. Still, the partnership thrives in this latest work. Kenneth Marantz, Art Education Department, Ohio State University, Columbus
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780684185798
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 6/30/1986
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 794,617
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 700L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.31 (w) x 10.31 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2006

    Great for Adults

    I attended an Ignatian Silent Retreat and this book was read at one of the talks during the retreat. Amazing addition for anyone celebrating their own journey.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2011

    Highly recommended to remind us everyday is celebration worthy

    Many years ago a doctor suggested I read this daily for 60 days prior to going outside. It was great for me and for the kids (I only read it to them some of the time). We re-learned to celebrate everything mother nature sent our way; it helped get us past a great loss and a sizeable change of lifestyle.

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