has been delighting children and adults alike throughout the nation
and Europe with her stories. “Stories for Singing Down the
Rain” is a sampler of stories using rain as a metaphor for
surviving life in the dry desert. Mature children and adults will
best enjoy these original stories of the ancient people, strong
women, and new comers to the Sonoran Desert. “What’s
that Coming” is a couplet of stories for the younger child
that will introduce them to the lives of the ancient Hohokam and
the animals that inhabited the desert at that time.
Stories for Singing Down the Rain is
a sampler of stories that have their origin in the parched Sonoran
Desert. Each story, whether personal or historical fiction, cries
out for the “RAIN”. The joyous summer storms bring
refreshment. The winter rains nurture, and after a long drought
we sing out in praise of a rain that can well mean our very survival.
The stories in this CD use the metaphor of rain as a way of describing
our need for love, friendship, and hope in the “dry days
of life”. May they bring you encouragement, laughter, and
joy! This CD will be enjoyed by mature children and adults!
That Coming? tells
the stories of the arrival of the first people, the Hohokam,
to what is now known as the Valley of the Sun in Arizona, through
the adventures of Phibian and Gilly. The original inhabitants
were totally dependent on the resources of the river and the
animals and plants that adapted and thrived in the Salt River
Valley. Researchers have recorded many types of fish that the
Hohokam caught in their weirs. Sandy has chosen the Blue Gill
as a representative of the “water people”. The image
of the frog was also painted on clayware and rock walls, an
important image symbolizing the gift of water.