CLEMENTINA'S CACTUS by Ezra Jack Keats

CLEMENTINA'S CACTUS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Wordlessly, a sun-bonneted tyke drags a lanky, bearded gent toward a cactus (in appearance, a prickly sack of potatoes). She touches the thorns, squats down for a long look, and has to be hoisted away and carried home. There follows a storm and a rainbow; an evening story and bed. At dawn, out she runs to the cactus--which, from the watering, has sprouted big yellow flowers. The full-color watercolors are both tall-tale comical and painted-desert pretty--a combination that doesn't enhance the small, Happy-Day-like conceit. It's harmless for a look-through--but as evanescent as the rainwater.
Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1982
ISBN: 0670885452
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Viking
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 1982




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