Carolyn Lesser Storm on the Desert

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Storm on the Desert

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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

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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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Grade 3-6. Across a double-spread title page, a thin sliver of moon hovers over a darkened sky, sun-streaked with dawn. Head back, a coyote howls a morning greeting. With this, Rand delivers a striking visual introduction to Lesser's poetic description of the coming violent downpour and the passing of a desert storm. The narration begins quietly ("Silence wanders/Through ironwood trees"), quickens as the gale hits ("Rain shatters the earth"), and slows in the aftermath (Lightning an elusive flicker,/Thunder a murmur"). Lesser's pace and phrasing inject atmosphere, making this a good read aloud and a good introduction to desert flora and fauna. The ongoing actions of a coyote provide an element of story, while the inclusion of other wildlife?jackrabbits, poppies, vultures, rain lilies, beetles, and lizards?flesh out the desert scene. Some of Rand's images are mesmerizing?animals scurrying through the storm, some silhouetted against "billows of dust"; however, the textless spreads (one of lightning, another of a rainbow, and a third of a desert in bloom) are ordinary and tend to disrupt the narrative flow. Nevertheless, this title makes a fitting companion to Diane Siebert and Wendell Minor's Mojave (HarperCollins, 1988) and to Byrd Baylor and Peter Parnall's books; it could also work well in introducing older readers to novels such as Angela Johnson's Toning the Sweep (Orchard, 1993) or Gloria Skurzynski's Lost in the Devil's Desert (Morrow, 1993).?Barbara Elleman, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
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