Down the Rain
was published in August, 1997. The book
is a narrative poem about the annual Tohono O'odham saguaro harvest
and rain-making ceremony. The poem was written to be performed by
a classroom of students. Michael Chiago, Tohono O'odham fine artist, painted the gouache and watercolor paintings. Tohono O'odham elder,
Danny Lopez, served as the cultural advisor for the book.
The choral reading has been respectfully performed by people from
diverse cultural backgrounds, including performances by Tohono O'odham
students and elders on and off the Tohono O'odham reservation.
I have provided information about the book and an introductory
reading, dedicated to my collaborators, on the TeachingBooks.net
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to Me/Vamos a leer
Bright Books Web Site
Read to Me/Vamos a leer
is a child-sized book that encourages families to read, to sing,
and to tell stories together. Kyra Teis's illustrations portray
tender literacy moments between multiethnic, intergenerational family
members. Mary Margaret Mercado composed the Spanish adaptation found
in Vamos a leer. The poem was originally written for a pregnant
teen literacy project, to which I donate a portion of my royalties
on this book.
I recorded a brief introduction and reading of the book on the