I'm always impressed with the scope of picture books that Sleeping Bear Press publishes. Today's book is no exception. SAGUARO's GIFTS should adorn elementary school classrooms and family bookshelves with its evocative yet child-friendly poetry by Kurt Cyrus and gorgeous illustrations by Andy Atkins.
The world is dark. The bloom is white.A bat emerges from the night."Hello, Saguaro!"Every year I find the sweetest nectar here.And happy birthday, by the way.One hundred years, this very day!
Throughout the book, desert animals, birds, and insects pay homage to the cactus on its' 100th birthday. Play a game with young readers and ask them to find the hummingbird, woodpecker, owl, butterflies, a coyote, and a tortoise.
All the animals pause when they hear,
A bobcat races up the trail
with javelina on his tail.
"Clear the way!" the bobcat screeches,
scrambling to the highest reaches.
The tortoise ends the day:
Another day is done old friend.
One hundred years have come and gone.
but you and I go on and on.
Another gift exchange tomorrow--Happy birthday, dear Saguaro.
WOW!! loved it! will have to show it to my daughter in law. she is a teacher.
Thanks for sharing,
Thanks, Hewi. Your name starts the list! You'd love the illustrations.
Oh wow! That looks so interesting!
Thanks, Trish. You're in!
The rhyme in this beautiful book is amazingly well done. Nonfiction rhyming picture books are one of my goals. Thank you for showing us some of the spreads and for offering one lucky reader a copy. I shared on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/570620215297437067
thanks for sharing, Danielle. You're in twice!
Stunning Illustrations! Such a gorgeous book and message ❤️
Such a gorgeous book with beautiful illustrations. Obviously done with excellence and a lot of love! 💖 (Sorry if this is my second comment not sure if the first one published)
Rebekah--thanks for your comment. I need your email address to enter you in the giveaway!
Love this books--would love to have it for my grands!
You're on the list, Gwen!
This book looks lovely. I remember the first time I saw cactus in bloom in the Sonoran Desert.. It was stunning to a girl from rainy Oregon. Suguaros are truly spectacular both alive, in bloom, or as a beautiful dead skeleton. Thank you for writing this book. I'm looking forward to reading it.
This book looks wonderful! The poetry is delightful, and the pictures are beautiful. Thank you for sharing it with us. I would love to win this book for some special children I know.
Thanks Esther and Wendy. Wendy, I need your email address to enter your name.
Wow! The stanzas & illustrations make for a breath taking pair!! Beautiful book!!
I agree - this is a beautiful book. I actually have a copy on my desk ...
Ahh...Sue. You know how beautiful it is!
This sounds like such a beautiful book that could be enjoyed by all! It could also be such a great mentor text for rhyme and creating setting. Love the premise of wishing the cacrus a 100th birthday! Thanks for sharing this book and review!
Thank you Mona and Marci!
Wow. This is a gorgeous book, and the subject matter sounds fascinating. Thanks for telling me about it and for a chance to win a copy!
Sleeping Bear does make gorgeous books! This one looks so special! Thanks Carol!
Thanks, Lindsey. Their books are amazing!
Carol my Dad lives in Tucson, AZ. I have been to the Saguaro National Forest many times. This book so eloquently tells the story of how valuable they are to the wildlife of the desert. So wonderful a celebration for the cactus. Lovely!
Thank you, Debbie. Unfortunately, the giveaway was up yesterday. You need to get this book!!
Thanks, Rebekah, for stopping by. Unfortunately, the giveaway ended Monday.
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