Byrd Baylor's text captures and shares some of the special experiences in the Southwest desert country that have inaugurated her private celebrations: The Time of Falling Stars, in the middle of August, when "every time a streak of light goes shooting through the darkness, I feel my heart shoot out of me"; Rainbow Celebration Day, marking the time she and a jackrabbit stood together watching a triple-rainbow over a canyon; and the real New Year's Day (January first is "just another winter day"), the day spring begins. "I celebrate with horned toads and ravens and lizards and quail...And, Friend, it's not a bad party."
About the Author
Byrd Baylor was born in Texas and now lives in Arizona. Her previous books illustrated by Peter Parnall include The Desert Is Theirs, Hawk, I'm Your Brother, and The Way to Start a Day, all Caldecott Honor Books. They also collaborated on Desert Voices, Everybody Needs a Rock, and If You Are a Hunter of Fossils. Peter Parnall lives in Maine.