Welcome to the Sea of Sand Author:Jane Yolen Publisher's Note — The sea of sand is full of surprises. A speckled road runner dashes across the scene, a pair of ocelots huddle in the shadows of a cave. Listen carefully and you can catch the yawning growl of a mountain lion or the wail of a coyote. Evocative text and dramatic illustrations present accurate, accessible information about life i... more »n the Sonora desert. Full color.
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« less