The Table Where Rich People Sit

The Table Where Rich People Sit
Byrd Baylor, illustrated by Peter Parnall
Aladdin Picture Books, 1998

Poet Byrd Baylor lives in Arizona and writes in open verse of the vastness of its deserts and mountains. She has several books, my favorites being the empowering, “I’m in Charge of Celebrations,” and eye-opening, “The Table Where Rich People Sit”—or whichever book of hers I’ve read last!

She writes of the inner spirit and how it is influenced by the land around us. She challenges our values, insisting there are other ways to exist in and enjoy the world. I’ve read “The Table Where Rich People Sit” to adults and they are amazed it was meant for a children’s book, for it speaks to their adult beliefs; they hear her message questioning what brings value and worth to our lives. Many of Baylor’s books are illustrated by Peter Parnall, giving a distinct look to her collection.

The Other Way to Listen, 1997
I’m In Charge of Celebrations, 1995
Desert Voices, 1993
Your Own Best Secret Place, 1991
The Desert is Theirs, 1987
Hawk, I’m Your Brother, 1986
The Way to Start a Day, 1986
Everybody Needs a Rock, 1985

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