Down in the sand of the desert of the American Southwest waits the spadefoot toad. She's listening and she's waiting for a very special sound. The book opens with a beautiful illustration of the toad distinctly embedded in the grains of sand and she has such a sense of stillness and expectancy about her. She waits and we wait along with her wondering what the mystery is all about.
She is surrounded by soft skitters and scratches and thunks and clunks. Then a pop, pop, pop....is that it? Is that what we're waiting for?
The desert sand is home to many unique animals whose paths enter the world of the spadefoot toad. There's a kangaroo rat and here's a scorpion. Now, a tap, tap, tap rings out.
For months the spadefoot toad has waited and at long last she hears that magical sound that she instinctively seeks. The sound of rain on the desert sand. She pushes and pushes and pushes and then emerges out into the air through the sand with her big eyes glowing and searching.
It's a startling picture that fills you with amazement. Now the cycle of life will begin surrounded by the desert rain that makes it all possible. This is a beautiful, inspirational book about life in the desert of the Southwest with all its unique animals and its unique sounds and the wonder of nature.
32 pages 978-0688166144 Ages 4-8
Keywords toad, desert, life cycle, habitat, nature, amphibians, animals, wonder, science, 4 year old, 5 year old, 6 year old, 7 year old, 8 year old
Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com