Listen To The Desert / Oye al desierto

by Pat Mora and Francisco X. Mora

"Listen to the owl hoot, whoo, whoo whoo. / Listen to the owl hoot whoo whoo whoo.... read more

"Listen to the owl hoot, whoo, whoo whoo. / Listen to the owl hoot whoo whoo whoo. = Oye la lechuza, uuu, uuu, uuu. / Oye la lechuza uuu, uuu, uuu." A simple, rhythmic poem in which each colorful double-paged spread invites the reader to listen to - and hear - a different desert sound expressed in both English and Spanish. The repeating pattern and rhythm of each line creates a pleasing sense of certainty, and also anticipation, about what the next page will bring, while pacing the poem to evoke a sense of having stopped for a moment to listen to the sounds of the desert - and the languages. Francisco Mora's paintings combine geometric patterns with images suggested by the text to form a pleasing backdrop. (Ages 4-7)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 1994

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