Storm on the Desert

Storm on the Desert

by Carolyn Lesser, Ted Rand
     
 


A fierce summer storm dramatically affects the desert plants and animals of the American Southwest. Poetic language, stunning illustrations, and careful research combine to create a sense of the intense drama of the desert while communicating factual information about desert plants and animals. “At every stage, Lesser’s language conjures up wonderful…  See more details below

Overview


A fierce summer storm dramatically affects the desert plants and animals of the American Southwest. Poetic language, stunning illustrations, and careful research combine to create a sense of the intense drama of the desert while communicating factual information about desert plants and animals. “At every stage, Lesser’s language conjures up wonderful imagery.”--Booklist

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sheree Van Vreede
Written with a poetic narrative, this is an ideal book for reading aloud. The melodic tone and attention to sight and sound make it easy for readers to focus and actually visualize the storm. Rather than relying on simple rhyme schemes, Carolyn Lesser uses alliteration: "Pelting, piercing,/Slashing, screaming,/ Streaming/Rain." Essentially, the vibrant illustrations are a bonus, guiding readers into an even more heightened sense of the story.
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
Ms. Lesser's poetic prose and Ted Rand's vibrant palette vivify the flood's impact on indigenous wildlife-plant and animal. The illustrations and text create a sense of drama as animals race to find shelter and then provide a sense of serenity as plants blossom in the storms wake.
Kirkus Reviews
Lesser (Dig Hole, Soft Mole, 1996, etc.) uses poetic prose and vivid language to give splendor and life to a natural event.

Rich in detail and carefully paced, the drama takes place in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona, where the first whispers of a desert storm arrive on a scorching wind, followed by a full fury as "bony fingers of lightning strike, strike," and then by the hush of the sunset breeze in the cooling desert stillness. A wealth of desert creatures and plants are included in the text and illustrations: snakes, scorpions, tarantulas, elf owls, tortoises, coyotes, mule deer, jack rabbits, woodpeckers, as well as saguaro cacti, creosote bush, rattlesnake weed, and angel trumpets. Rand works in chalk, pastel, pencil, and watercolor, capturing nature with a masterful economy of line. The fluid watercolors are particularly evocative in displays of wind and driving rain.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152721985
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
02/28/1997
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author


The late TED RAND was the esteemed illustrator of many picture books, including Eve Bunting's Secret Place and The Memory String.

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