I'm in Charge of Celebrations: with audio recordingby Byrd Baylor, Peter Parnall
Byrd Baylor's text captures and shares some of the special experiences in the Southwest desert country that have inaugurated her private celebrations: The Time of Falling Stars, in the middle of August, when "every time a streak of light goes shooting through the darkness, I feel my heart shoot out of me"; Rainbow Celebration Day, marking the time she and a jackrabbit stood together watching a triple-rainbow over a canyon; and the real New Year's Day (January first is "just another winter day"), the day spring begins. "I celebrate with horned toads and ravens and lizards and quail...And, Friend, it's not a bad party."
Meet the Author
Byrd Baylor was born in Texas and now lives in Arizona. Her previous books illustrated by Peter Parnall include The Desert Is Theirs, Hawk, I'm Your Brother, and The Way to Start a Day, all Caldecott Honor Books. They also collaborated on Desert Voices, Everybody Needs a Rock, and If You Are a Hunter of Fossils. Peter Parnall lives in Maine.
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.
and post it to your social network
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
See all customer reviews >
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.
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.