SurLaLune Storytime Table of Contents
July 2005 Release Date
is the Oasis
by Miriam Moss
Preschool and up
This is the Oasis" follows in the vein of Miriam Moss's previous
is the Tree," about an African baobab tree. The book begins
by looking at an oasis from a distance and detailing some common
desert animals and phenomena as we move closer to the oasis itself.
Once inside the oasis, author and illustrator show the inhabitants
of the oasis, from fauna to humans. Every two page spread contains
two concepts detailed in two stanzas and picked up in the illustrations.
Each stanza begins with the phrase "This is the place..."
which becomes wearisome, especially during a read aloud. The illustrations
are colorful and appealing, making up for the text's deficiencies.
The book serves well as a basic introduction to oasis living, but
might inspire more questions than it answers. A short glossary at
the end of the book expounds upon common desert names and terms,
but still doesn't compensate for the slight, strained text of the
bulk of the book.
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