Book Corner: The Cactus Dance/La Danza del Cactus by April Lesher

Mar 7, 2023

April Lesher currently works as a technology teacher for Gilbert Public Schools, where she was awarded “Teacher of the Year” in 2018. Her husband, Tim Lesher, is lead pastor at The Bridge Church in Mesa and runs the Casa de Amor mission center during the week.

What is this book about?

Written in both Spanish and English, The Cactus Dance/La Danza del Cactus invites readers to join a saguaro cactus and other desert wildlife in a monsoon celebration as they playfully stomp, growl, twirl and howl through the story.

What do you want your readers to gain by reading your book?

I want readers to DANCE — to rattle, wiggle, stomp, jiggle as they read the story. It’s best read with kids, but, hey, … dogs, squirrels and chinchillas love stories too.

Why did you write this book?

My youngest son, Jerome, is … delightfully wild. He was never, ever, ever quiet in the library, so I wrote a loud, interactive, high-energy book for all the wiggly kids (and adults) out there.

Who do you hope will read this book?

Arizonans who understand the thrill of a monsoon storm, parents with kids, youth pastors wearing shackets, and lead pastors who struggle with lapel mics.

Where can this book be purchased?

Amazon, Barnes & Noble, & select local bookstores and gift shops.

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