The Old Lady and the Birds by Tony; Garcia, Stephanie (illustrator) Johnston

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An old lady sits under a pepper tree in her garden in Mexico. The birds are singing. The fountain is singing.Even the cat is singing in the sun.

It is a good day. A day for enjoying coffee and tortillas while watching the birds. And when the day is done, night folds its wings over the garden. The old lady closes her eyes--and sleeps.


About Tony; Garcia, Stephanie (illustrator) Johnston

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Tony Johnston was born January 30, 1942, in Los Angeles, CA. After attending Stanford University where she earned a B.A. in History and an M.A in Education, she became a fourth-grade teacher. She has written over seventy books for children. Her titles include Amber on the Mountain, the Cowboy and the Black-Eyed Pea, Day of the Dead, the Ghost of Nicholas Greebe, the Sparky and Eddie series, and the Adventures of Mole and Troll. Her first adult novel was Any Small Goodness. Her works have earned her several awards including a Children's Choice Award for Four Scary Stories and the Beatty Award in 2002 for Any Small Goodness.
Published January 1, 1994 by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, (1994).
Genres: Children's Books. Fiction

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Sometimes Johnston's images are rich and evocative, as in the closing ""Gal pagos"": ""Hold this place/ gently/ like an old shell./ Hold it/ to your ear./ Hear the song that sings/ inside--/ splash of fish/ flutter of finch/ rustle of salt/ wind/ lava hissing/ in wet sand/ and the echo of lonelin...

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