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All over the map! Here's a Costa Rican children's story, some grownups at play on a dry lakebed in Nevada and the Emeryville mudflats sculpture on San Francisco Bay.
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Fernando's Gift (El Regalo de Fernando)
by Douglas Keister
In the rain forest of Costa Rica, a boy named Fernando lives with his family in the tin-roofed house that his father has built. When Fernando finds his favorite climbing tree cut down, he learns that not everyone has respect for the beautiful forest.
Black Rock: Portraits on the Playa
by Douglas Keister
Before the world land speed record was broken there, before all those car commercials...even before Burning Man, there was Black Rock: Portraits on the Playa Own a piece of history! Very few copies left.
Driftwood Whimsy: The Sculptures of the Emeryville Mudflats
by Douglas Keister
A San Francisco Bay fixture for many years, these whimsical sculptures were constructed by local artists and "ordinary" citizens alike from (mostly) found objects. They remain only in memory and this attractive volume.

"The book is handsomely designed and features exceptionally crisp color photographs. The story's message about the importance of the rain forest comes across in an accessible and child friendly manner."

? Booklist
"I liked Fernando's Gift because it was really nice of him. Carmina liked it too. It was a happy story so I am writing to you because you have a good book on your hands."
? Samantha, Second Grade
Warren Point Elementary School
Fair Lawn, NJ
"Keister does not presume to give easy answers or even the full complexity of the issue, but he does provide an admirable glimpse into the life of one family who genuinely loves the rain forest and who are trying to create a sustainable living from it."
? Bulletin of the Center
for Children's Books
"I loved your Book it was varry interesting." (sic)
? Sophia, First Grade
North Peninsula Jewish Day School
San Mateo, CA

"You can't help being intrigued by Black Rock: Portraits on the Playa because all the photos in the book seem to have stories behind them... (Keister's) story is well worth knowing because it shows how photography can be used not just to make a living, but to remake a life."

? Photo District News
"Oui, l'apprivoiser en m'y installant avec les meubles de mon imagination. Et de l'imaginationle photographe Douglas Keister, qui est a l'origine de ces propos, n'en manque pas."
? New Look Magazine

" last we have a book on the wonderful sculptures along the Emeryville mudflats, done beautifully by photographer Douglas Keister"

? Herb Caen
San Francisco Chronicle

"...photographer Douglas Keister, who, like the mudflat artists themselves, takes what he finds and makes something delightful and new."

? Smithsonian Magazine
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