Books by Barbara Bash

DIG, WAIT, LISTEN by April Pulley Sayre
ANIMALS
Released: May 31, 2001

A patient spadefoot toad waits in her desert burrow, listening for rain so she can come forth to mate. Read full book review >

IN THE HEART OF THE VILLAGE by Barbara Bash
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

A fascinating look at the social, spiritual, and ecological significance of the banyan tree in the life of an Indian village. Read full book review >

NATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

From the author of Desert Giant (the Saguaro cactus) and Tree of Life (the African baobab [both 1989]), another handsome, meticulously detailed portrait of nature. Read full book review >

ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1993

The author-illustrator of several outstanding science books (Urban Roosts, 1990) brings her sensitivity to natural history and design to the life cycle of a common North American bat. Read full book review >

DISCOVER MY WORLD: FOREST by Ron Hirschi
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"Identifications (not always specific: which tree/woodpecker/butterfly?) are given at the end, where a bit more information is also included. An attractive corollary to the many pet and farm animal books. A companion volume presents creatures of the ocean. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 3-8)

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Ten woodland species that share one habitat are introduced in a simple text couched as a series of questions, accompanied by watercolor illustrations that strike a nice balance between representation accurate enough for identification and a touch of sentimentality for popular appeal (e.g., the rabbit and the fawn). Read full book review >

Released: Nov. 1, 1990

The author of two other beautifully illustrated nature books—including Desert Giant (1989)—surveys the surprising variety of birds that, "as their natural habitats have been destroyed," have adapted to city living: sparrows and finches that find crevices suitable for nesting in traffic lights, statuary, or laundry on a line; snowy owls that recognize airports' similarities to the arctic tundra; pigeons, which originally inhabited rocky cliffs; and even the peregrine falcons that have learned to nest under bridges and on gravel rooftops while they prey on the pigeons. Read full book review >