Gr 1-3-In this folktalelike story, the people in a Pueblo village are suffering from the effects of a drought when Nali notices a traveler coming up the path. It is Kokopelli, whom the villagers initially don't trust, but as he plays his flute, which sounds like a canyon wren, Nali and the other children are charmed. Her gift of some small stones results in further music and gradually the villagers offer their gifts and their hopes for the return of water, as well as animals and crops. So Kokopelli produces a toad and a locust that sing, plays "the song of rain," and orders the villagers to sing and dance, and thunder followed by rain results. Sisneros's awkwardly proportioned figures, noseless with round cheeks crowned by wide-set round eye spots, undistinguished from one another except for hairstyle and dress, set the story in a time when people wore highly decorated cotton fabrics. The stylized desert landscape and stiffly positioned villagers (mostly female) lack emphasis.-Susan Hepler, Burgundy Farm Country Day School, Alexandria, VA Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.