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When Clay Sings

Illustrated by Tom Bahti
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About The Book

Pieces of broken pots are scattered over the desert hillsides of the Southwest. The Indians there treat them with respect -- "Every piece of clay is a piece of someone's life," they say. And the children try to imagine those lives that took place in the desert they think of as their own.
Clay has its own small voice, and sings. Its song has lasted for thousands of years. And Byrd Baylor's prose-poem as simple and powerful as the clay pots, sings too.

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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Product Details

  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (June 30, 1987)
  • Length: 32 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780684188294
  • Ages: 4 - 8

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Awards and Honors

  • Caldecott Honor Book
  • ALA Notable Children's Books
  • Horn Book Fanfare
  • Agatha Award Finalist
  • ALA Mildred L. Batchelder Award
  • Aesop Award

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