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Manya Stojic was born in Belgrade, Yugo-slavia. She has lived and worked in such far-flung places as New York City and Zimbabwe. This is her first book for children.

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PreS-Gr 2-In this impressive debut, Stojic's exquisite blend of word and picture transports readers to the African savanna before, during, and after a soaking rain. The soil is hot, dry, and cracked, but the animals sense rain is coming. The porcupine SMELLS it. The zebras SEE the lightning flash. The baboons HEAR the thunder. The rhino FEELS the first drops. And the lion TASTES the life-giving liquid. Each animal passes on its prediction of rain, and along with the gathering signs of its much-longed-for arrival, the words, too, gather in a delightfully cumulative text. Heat seems to radiate from the page via Stojic's bold splashes of bright yellow and red-orange paint. When the relieving rain falls, the text, superimposed on a spread of various shades of blue with brush strokes going in every direction, increases in size with the increase of water, until "every river gushed and gurgled-every water hole was full." The rain brings forth lush vegetation, and readers are treated to close-up views of the animals enjoying leafy shade, "squelchy mud," "juicy fruit," and "a refreshing drink." And while the animals are certain the rain will come again "when it's time," the story comes full circle as the sun once more beats down on the parched earth, drying it out and cracking it. The brilliant double-page spreads, the play on the five senses, and a text that invites participation make this one trip to Africa you can't afford to miss!-Marianne Saccardi, Norwalk Community College, CT Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

..."[an] impressive debut...The brillant double-page spreads, the play on the five senses, and a text that invites participation make this one trip to Africa youcan't afford to miss!"
-"School Library Journal," starred review
"A delightful title from a talented newcomer."
-"Kirkus Reviews"
"Stojic brings a deliciously heightened sensuality to her interpretation of savannah life."
-"Publishers Weekly"
.,."[an] impressive debut...The brillant double-page spreads, the play on the five senses, and a text that invites participation make this one trip to Africa youcan't afford to miss!"
-"School Library Journal," starred review
"A delightful title from a talented newcomer."
-"Kirkus Reviews"
"Stojic brings a deliciously heightened sensuality to her interpretation of savannah life."
-"Publishers Weekly"
."..[an] impressive debut...The brillant double-page spreads, the play on the five senses, and a text that invites participation make this one trip to Africa youcan't afford to miss!"
-"School Library Journal", starred review

"A delightful title from a talented newcomer."
-"Kirkus Reviews"

"Stojic brings a deliciously heightened sensuality to her interpretation of savannah life."
-"Publishers Weekly"
..".[an] impressive debut...The brillant double-page spreads, the play on the five senses, and a text that invites participation make this one trip to Africa youcan't afford to miss!"
-"School Library Journal," starred review
"A delightful title from a talented newcomer."
-"Kirkus Reviews"
"Stojic brings a deliciously heightened sensuality to her interpretation of savannah life."
-"Publishers Weekly"

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