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The Desert Is My Mother / El desierto es mi madre

by Pat Mora

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The story is about a young girl, nature and her imagination or belief. The book is written in both English and Spanish.

Ages 5-10
Pierce County Library System
  HudaTaylor | Nov 30, 2015 |
Each page presents a line of a poem about a girl who pays tribute to the desert. She describes how the land of her home, the desert, touches her life, from providing her with food and comforting her to making her feel beautiful and teaching her. The poem conveys the speaker's love and pride of her homeland. The illustrations correspond nicely with the text and portray the desert environment. ( )
  querico | Dec 1, 2008 |
"The Desert Is My Mother" is one of many lovely bilingual children's books by Pat Mora. This book, a story in poetic form, is illustrated most charmingly by Daniel Lechon. The lyrical format gives children an appreciation for the beauty of the desert through both the message and the medium. Each stanza starts off with "Le digo" ("I say"), e.g.,: "I say feed me. She serves red prickly pear on a spiked cactus." Although this and other books for children by Mora are meant for rather young children, I think that the colloquial bilingualism and poetry make it not inappropriate for early elementary kids as well. ( )
  nbmars | May 19, 2008 |
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A poetic depiction of the desert as the provider of comfort, food, spirit, and life.

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