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I first purchased a copy of this book when my daughter was a couple of months old, and started 'reading' it to her immediately (no dialogue). As with any books at that stage, I suspect she was wondering what the hell was going on, but awareness dawned that these flat, papery things contained stories. As her speech developed, she started taking over the narration of the story of Clementina's Cactus, reciting from memory as she leafed through, and especially loved acting out the wonder of the flowering cactus. She is now eighteen,with her avid reading having rendered her very well educated for her age, and I now buy another copy of this beautiful tome every time a friend has a baby.
I had this book as a kid, and I also was born in the kind of desert in which the "story" is set (Arizona), so I was predisposed to like it, but it really is as good as I remember. I love the dreamy, colorful qualities of the illustrations, and the clear contrast between day, night, and sudden monsoon. I also like that it's a story about a little girl and her father--or at least, that's how we read it, since it doesn't have any words. That's a nice feature for reading to children of various attention spans, since you can say a little or a lot about each page.