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I'm in Charge of Celebrations (Aladdin Picture Books) Paperback – October 1, 1995


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 700L (What's this?)
  • Series: Aladdin Picture Books
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin; Reprint edition (October 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689806205
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689806209
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.9 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 1-4 Another collaboration set in the desert from this author/artist team. The styles are consistent: typically twin columns of very short lines of prose set into double-page spreads of intense colors and large white spaces. This is a paean to the forces of nature active in the desert, and a young woman's love of her environment that motivates many private celebrations: Coyote Day, Dust Devil Day, The Time of Falling Stars. The words are personal descriptions of responses to events. The images, however, are much more universal, abstract visualizations. Again the black line helps define horizons, animals, and dust devils (whirlwinds), but it's the sweep of pure color shapes appearing almost stenciled in their sharp-edgedness that will grab children's attention. Parnall can make his audience see empty space as solid form, can juxtapose a red against a pale blue and set the page on fire. But he can also add travel poster cacti that destroy the mysticism of his suggestive abstractions. Still, the partnership thrives in this latest work. Kenneth Marantz, Art Education Department, Ohio State University, Columbus
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Byrd Baylor lives and writes in Arizona, presenting images of the Southwest and an intense connection between the land and the people. Her prose illustrates vividly the value of simplicity, the natural world, and the balance of life within it.

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Baylor lives and writes in Arizona, presenting images of the Southwest and an intense connection between the land and the people. Her prose illustrates vividly the value of simplicity, the natural world, and the balance of life within it.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Power on September 8, 2002
Format: Paperback
I use this book in the beginning of each school year with my fifth grade students. It always leads to great discussions about what is important to them and leads into interesting writer's notebook entries. The book is a great tool for inferencing, noticing details, and celebrating the little events in our lives that make us who we are. A good book to use when teaching about differences that make each of us unique and how we all have our own set of priorities.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 10, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderfully written book about a Native American woman who goes out into the desert and observes the wonders and beauty of nature around her. She records what she finds fascinating and creates her OWN holidays or celebrations. One day she may observe a green cloud and call it Green Cloud Day. On another day, she may observe a shooting star and call it Star Day. She gets outside of herself and observes wonderous things that may only be seen once in a lifetime!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Chan McDermott on January 16, 2002
Format: Paperback
I stumbled upon this book recently and, as an avid reader of children's literature, believe it is one of the most amazing books I have seen -- for readers of all ages. It is lyrical, humorous and quiet. The illustrations are spare--and that's all that's needed. Life in the desert is depicted beautifully. I felt like the book was speaking me, calling me to a more mindful way of life. I plan to buy it as gifts for all my friends this year, no matter their age.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 4, 1999
Format: Hardcover
My husband and I read to our grandchildren a lot and have appreciated the good literature by Byrd Baylor. This is the first of her books we bought and this one is our favorite. It demonstrates that we do not need to be entertained if we will only BE QUIET and see what is going on around us. The children are appreciating the joy and adventure of reading. Thanks Byrd Baylor.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 3, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book was read to us in a class. I found it to be an excellent book. The author sends a deep message to children and adults as well. The message that I perceived, was that you create your own happiness, find something especial in everything you see or touch, make your own celebrations and you will never feel lonely.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 12, 1998
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This book is my favorite children's book. I teacher fifth grade and use it with all of my classes. Baylor uses subtle humor sparse words that reach across age boundries. My reading this book always fosters a greater appreciation of the world's small wonders.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jane L. Davidson on September 19, 2007
Format: Paperback
Byrd Baylor's book "I'm in charge of Celebrations" is the best "any age" book I've ever known. Everyone I know has started keeping a celebration book modeled after hers! What an absolutely marvelous journey! And Parnell's illustrations are magnificent!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pat Lemley on September 17, 2005
Format: School & Library Binding
One of the best picture books ever. I'm one who believes picture books are not just for children and this one proves it! It reflects a wonderful attitude that there's always something out there to celebrate. A most uplifting book. Byrd Baylor is really tuned into nature and Peter Parnell turns those words into unforgetable images.
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