Cover image for Clementina's cactus
Clementina's cactus
Keats, Ezra Jack.
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Publication Information:
New York : Viking, 1999.

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations; 19 cm
After a rainstorm, Clementina and her father discover a surprise in the prickly skin of the cactus that they've watched growing in the desert.
Reading Level:
NP Lexile.
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PIC, BK. Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Picture Books

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Keats departs from his traditional style for his one and only wordless picture book, Clementina's Cactus . Clementina and her father are out for a walk in the desert when Clementina discovers a lone cactus, all shriveled and prickly. But Clementina discovers there is something beautiful hiding inside that thick skin.

Author Notes

Ezra Jack Keats was born Jacob Ezra Katz in Brooklyn, New York on March 11, 1916. He was a mural painter for the Works Progress Administration (WPA) for three years before taking a job as a comic book illustrator. During World War II, he joined the United States Air Corp and was a camouflage pattern designer. After the war, he changed his name to make his Jewish heritage less noticeable.

He wrote and/or illustrated more than 85 children's books. The first book he illustrated was Jubilant for Sure by Elizabeth Hubbard Lansing, which was published in 1954. The first book he wrote was My Dog is Lost, which was published in 1960. His other works include Pet Show and The Snowy Day, which won a Caldecott Medal in 1963. He was also awarded the University of Southern Mississippi Medallion for outstanding contributions in the field of children's literature in 1980. He died of a heart attack on May 6, 1983.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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A rainstorm in the desert makes Clementina's cactus burst into beautiful bloom.