The Other Way to Listen

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Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, Dec 1, 1997 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 32 pages
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A girl knew an old man who had a special way of listening. He could walk by a cornfield and actually hear the corn singing, and once, he even heard wildflower seeds bursting open, beginning to grow underground. The girl asked the man to teach her to listen, but he said she had to learn how from the hills, ants, lizards, and weeds. For a long time, she tried without success, and she almost gave up. But then, one day, she began a joyous song to the hills and, without even trying, she discovered the secret of the other way to listen.

Byrd Baylor and Peter Parnall have combined their award-winning talents to teach children to appreciate the world of nature.

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User Review  - Desirichter - LibraryThing

The poetry and thoughts are lovely. I couldn't agree more, and this book a beautiful tool to encourage active, humble listening, and to turn our hearts to wonder. I couldn't escape my own desire to ... Read full review

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User Review  - Billy - Goodreads

This is the most important kind of children's story: one that is told with kindness in order to instruct how to be a good being, without leaving the feeling that one has been instructed. Read full review

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About the author (1997)

Byrd Baylor was born in Texas and now lives in Arizona. Her previous books illustrated by Peter Parnall include "The Desert Is Theirs, Hawk, I'm Your Brother, " and "The Way to Start a Day, " all Caldecott Honor Books. They also collaborated on "Desert Voices, Everybody Needs a Rock, " and "If You Are a Hunter of Fossils." Peter Parnall lives in Maine.

Peter Parnell is the co-author, with Justin Richardson, of "And Tango Makes Three". Peter is a playwright whose plays have been produced at the Public Theater and Playwrights Horizons in New York City, the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, and the Seattle Repertory Company, among others. His play QED was produced on Broadway. He has written extensively for televison as a producer for both "The West Wing" and "The Guardian"; he has also written episodes of Maurice Sendak's series "Little Bear". He lives in New York City.