Tuesday, November 12, 2019

April Sayre’s Book Dig, Wait, Listen: A Desert Toad’s Tale

Deep in the desert,

under the sand,

the spadefoot toad waits.

She waits…for the sound

of rain.

Skitter, skitter, scratch.

She hears soft sounds.

Is this the rain at last?

Explore life cycles, amphibians, desert creatures, rain, and the skill of listening by experiencing the suspense and lyrical language of this award-winning nonfiction book about a spadefoot toad in the Sonoran Desert.

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Awards & Recognition
  • 2002 Children's Book of Distinction Award List - Riverbank Review
  • Best of Editors' Choice 2001 - ALA/Booklist
  • Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children for 2002. Also a Selector's Choice - National Science Teachers Association/ Children's Book Council.
  • Top Ten Science Books For Youth, 2001 - Booklist
  • Lasting Connections list books "recommended for their outstanding level of quality for their inherent child appeal and for their accessibility in classroom and library settings." - Book Links
  • "Sayre once again writes about the natural world in a way that is clear, precise, and poetic. The text, which is akin to that of any good fiction picture book in its brevity, attention to sensory details, and read-aloud potential, also conveys the life cycle of a single species in a cogent and memorable way..." - *Starred Review, Booklist
  • "This is top-notch nonfiction for the very young..." - The Kirkus Review
  • "Where is foot toad? I want to find foot toad! Where is it? It is my favorite book!" - April's nephew, age 3
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