Byrd Baylor was born in Texas and now lives in Arivaca, Arizona.
"Working with a poet like Byrd Baylor is for me always an enlightening experience, for she expresses in words thoughts I have also had and often shared with my children."--Peter Parnall, illustrator
In this classic novel of the Southwest, Byrd Baylor paints a sensitive and humorous picture of the Tohono O'odham people who have moved away from the reservation find an unfamiliar and often puzzling world of urban white society in Tucson, Arizona. This book is a timeless story of cultures in conflict and an engaging account of how the characters have uniquely adapted to a modern world.
As 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--who has been led astray by the family's lack of material wealth--realizes what really matters.
Arizona Indian children share some of the oldest magic of the Indian world.
The Caldecott Honor author/illustrator team that brought readers "The Desert Is Theirs" and "The Way to Start a Day" returns with this tale of truly listening to the world around us. In "The Other Way to Listen," a young boy is eager to learn and an old man is happy to share his wisdom.
"These tales go back to the beginning of tribal memory, but they are part of the present too. In collecting them, I looked for the oldest sources and best translations and compared them with what people in different tribes had already told me. Then I looked at the mountains a long time". -- Byrd Baylor
The acclaimed team of Baylor and Parnall presents a radiant prose-poem about a girl who shares her love of desert life as she tells of treasured experiences such as dancing in the wind on Dust Devil Day and sleeping outside during the Time of the Falling Stars.
Ten creatures of the desert introduce readers to their lives, homes, and their places in the desert world.
Francisco is a lonely boy. Amigo is a prairie dog. They both live in the desert, and both want someone to play with. Francisco thinks that he's "taming" Amigo, his pet--but Amigo knows better.
The daily life and customs of prehistoric southwest Indian tribes are retraced from the designs on the remains of their pottery.
You may think of the desert as a harsh, dry place where no one would ever want to live -- but think again. The Desert People know. so do the animals. Both love the land, and "share the feeling of being brothers in the desert, of being desert creatures together." Byrd Baylor's spare, poetic text and Peter Parnall's striking illustrations lime the sky, stone and sand of the desert in this haunting book.
Describes how people all over the world celebrate the sunrise.
Determined to learn to fly, Rudy adopts a hawk hoping that their kinship will bring him closer to his goal.
Everybody needs a rock -- at least that's the way this particular rock hound feels about it in presenting her own highly individualistic rules for finding just the right rock for you.
A fossil hunter looking for signs of an ancient sea in the rocks of a western Texas mountain describes how the area must have looked millions of years ago.