Paperback, 32 pages
Published by Aladdin (1998-07-01)
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Amazon DescriptionAs her family attempts to calculate the value of the desert hills, the colors of blooming cactus, and the calls of eagles and great horned owls, a young girl discovers that her impoverished family is rich in things that matter in life, especially being outdoors and experiencing nature.
One Potato Review
Weird, talky and ecstatic. From 1994: “I hate to bring this up,” says a girl to her hippie farmer parents, “but it would help if you both had a little more ambition.” What follows is sort of a balance sheet - the worth in hard dollars of witnessing nature: the call of an owl, the feel of the wind, the smell of the rain, but mostly the colors. With plain white backgrounds and watercolor figures containing bears and wolves and geological formations, this looks (and sounds) like nothing else in children’s picture books today. No pandering here. For older, more sophisticated readers.