On the hottest
when desert creatures
look for shade
and stay close to the earth
and keep their voices low
I sit high on a cactus
my loud ringing trill
out to the sun...
So sings the Cactus Wren, one of the ten desert creatures that speaks for itself in the evocative and lyrical verses of Desert Voices. In both text and illustration, Desert Voices conveys a message of spirit and courage from the shy and quiet creatures of the beautiful desert land.
About 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Interesting, sparse and beautiful as the desert and its creatures.
We took turns driving and reading this book aloud to our daughters (ages 7 years and 18 months) during a road trip through Death Valley. Our oldest asked to hear it over and over, and even our little one listened and seemed to enjoy the movement of the poems. For once, we never got tired of reading the same book to them again and again to the contrary, we often suggested another read and played games with the lines--one person read a short excerpt and the listeners guessed whose 'voice' they were hearing. Minutes and miles slipped away while we discussed our favourite lines and poems. The beauty of the words and ideas was enhanced by the backdrop of the desert beyond the car windows, but even now, back at home, it remains popular with all of us. Anyone who enjoys good poetry should appreciate this book, and it would be a good next step to move children beyond rhyme as the unifying force in poetry.
I thought that Desert Voices was so descriptive. It felt like I was in the desert with all the animals. I really liked the poem about the Pack Rat when it said,'It holds me safe, hiding my secrets in the dust'.