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Welcome to the Sea of Sand
     

Welcome to the Sea of Sand

by Jane Yolen, Laura Regan (Illustrator)
 

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"Only Jane Yolen could write such a wonderful and poetic tribute to the beauties of the desert, where there is constant amazement to be found....Regan's paintings are inviting and breathtaking." --American Bookseller

"A poetic narrative that invites readers into Arizona's Sonora Desert through a collaboration of art and words, and gives a comfortable

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"Only Jane Yolen could write such a wonderful and poetic tribute to the beauties of the desert, where there is constant amazement to be found....Regan's paintings are inviting and breathtaking." --American Bookseller

"A poetic narrative that invites readers into Arizona's Sonora Desert through a collaboration of art and words, and gives a comfortable armchair tour of a beautiful, rugged, surprisingly varied place." --School Library Journal, starred review

"Words and pictures on the opening page portray the desert as an ocean of sand and rocks, but the remainder of this book shows another side of the desert, one teeming with life." --Booklist

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Gisela Jernigan
Using a brief but lively, rhyming text combined with attractive, gouache paintings, this picture book welcomes the young reader to "the sea of sand." The author uses most of the book to point out the variety of plants and animals that flourish in an environment that is dry, but not really barren. This would be a good choice for storyhours. A glossary and background note on the Sonoran Desert are useful.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-A poetic narrative that invites readers into Arizona's Sonora Desert through a collaboration of art and words, and gives a comfortable armchair tour of a beautiful, rugged, surprisingly varied place. Regan's artwork starts and ends with a panoramic scene, and in between it brings children in for close-up views that are almost photographic in their realism. Yolen paints just as inviting a picture as she chooses words that simultaneously describe and establish a rhythm of their own. She speaks of "a huddle of ocelots at noon/ in the shadow of a cave,/ a slither of green lizards,/ the dither of butterflies." The surprising variety of wildlife, weather, and conditions in this sea of sand will give young readers a new look at a place they might have thought dry and barren. This book celebrates the Sonora Desert in the same way Regan and Yolen celebrated the rain forest in Welcome to the Greenhouse (Putnam, 1993). A short note in the back provides more information about the desert and some creatures depicted in the illustrations but not identified in the text.-Jane Marino, Scarsdale Public Library, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780698117716
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/21/1999
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.06(w) x 10.25(h) x 0.14(d)
Lexile:
AD830L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

The author of over 300 books, including children’s books, fantasy, and science fiction, Jane Yolen is perhaps best known for Owl Moon, a sweet and tender picture book written in verse about a father taking his child out owling. She is also the author of The Devil’s Arithmetic, a historical fiction novella about a girl who is transported back in time to Poland during WWII.

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