Publication Date: May 9, 2000
List Price: $15.95*
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When rain comes to the parched African savanna, the animals use all their senses to track the storm. The porcupine smells rain in the air. The zebras see lightning. The baboons hear thunder. The rhino feels the first drops. And the lion tastes the cool water. For a time, the grasslands abound with new green leaves, juicy fruits, and fresh pools of water. But soon the hot sun dries out the land, and the animals must again wait for the next big rain.
Manya Stojic's picture book debut is as satisfying and refreshing as the rain she describes. With paintings that are exuberant and saturated with color and a simple text that rolls off the tongue with pleasure and ease, here is a book parents and teachers will enjoy sharing again and again.
Manya Stojic was born in Belgrade, Yugo-slavia. She has lived and worked in such far-flung places as New York City and Zimbabwe. This is her first book for children.
"...[an] impressive debut...The brillant double-page spreads, the play on the five senses, and a text that invites participation make this one trip to Africa youcan't afford to miss!"
-School Library Journal, starred review
"A delightful title from a talented newcomer."
"Stojic brings a deliciously heightened sensuality to her interpretation of savannah life."