From the state flower to the state flying mammal, author and illustator Deborah Ousley Kadair celebrates her love of the Lone Star State in this colorful tribute to Texas’s most famous state symbols. With clever rhymes and her trademark collage illustrations, this what-am-I guessing game teaches young children about seven important state symbols and instills in them Kadair’s passion about Texas heritage.
Kadair re-creates the vast Texan sky on the page, and readers use her clues and the shape of the clouds to discover what symbol she describes. She incorporates information on the adoption of the state symbols, including the monarch butterfly. This species of butterfly became the state’s official insect in 1995 after the urging of local students. With fun facts about each state symbol, I Spy in the Texas Sky is a perfect way to invite children to learn about Texas.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR
Deborah Ousley Kadair received wide acclaim for her first book, There Was an Ol’ Cajun, which was based on the classic nursery rhyme There Was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly. She received a two-year degree from the College of the Mainland in Texas. Trained in the Montessori teaching method, Kadair also conducts storytelling and illustration workshops for children. She went on to earn a bachelor of arts degree from Louisiana State University. Kadair is the author and illustrator of Grandma’s Gumbo and the illustrator of Down in Louisiana, Today Is Monday in Louisiana, and Chef Creole. She lives in Texas.
I SPY IN THE TEXAS SKY
Written and Illustrated by Deborah Ousley Kadair
JUVENILE NONFICTION / People & Places / United States / General
32 pp. 8½ x 11
31 color illus.