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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin (May 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689850557
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689850554
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 0.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 3-6?An artist's readable narrative accompanies her accomplished drawings in this slim, colorful volume. Wright-Frierson invites readers to spend a day in her company, savoring the Sonoran Desert of the American Southwest. She presents a dawn to dusk panorama in a profusion of watercolor sketches and a brief, conversational text. While calling to mind Jennifer Dewey's Night and Day in the Desert (Little, 1991) or Joyce Powzyk's Wallaby Creek (Lothrop, 1985), this artist's sketchbook is intensely personal. Her goal is not scientific depth, though the snippets of information may well entice the intellectually curious to conduct further investigations. Rather, her "scrapbook" serves to give a rich impression of a unique ecological environment: a feel for a landscape of compelling extremes and the creatures who have adapted to meet its unforgiving demands. Admirably done.?Patricia Manning, Eastchester Public Library, NY
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Gr. 3^-5, younger for reading aloud. This is a lovely tribute to the Sonoran Desert by an author-illustrator who has spent many hours observing and sketching there. Writing in the first person, Wright-Frierson describes the many sights she has seen on her rambles and includes handsome watercolors of animals, insects, and plants, as well as tinier pieces of the desert's landscape, such as quail eggs, butterfly wings, a prickly pear pad, and even cottontail droppings. The picture-book format makes this accessible to younger children as well as middle-graders who might use it for school reports. Highly evocative and quite beautiful, this will give readers a real sense of the desert and what is hidden just below its expansive surface. Ilene Cooper --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Truly beautiful illustrations, really lovely prose text.
H. Keimig
We love Virginia Wright-Frierson and have bought all of her books!
Heather
I really love the desert and this book was just wonderful.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Frank Murphy on June 23, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is so very full of incredible information about deserts. Amazing illustrations too!Buy it and show your kids! They'll keep coming back to it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Natalie L. Comer on October 15, 2013
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This is a great book! A wonderful example of nature journaling. I love the variety of critters and plant life included...so much in the desert!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marianne Noller on May 1, 2013
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I really love the desert and this book was just wonderful. Anyone can take a photo but to paint the desert in all it's glory this book is the best I've ever seen. The artist captured it just like it really looks. Wish there were more!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PJ Fred on May 30, 2009
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I use this book at school when we are learning about the Sonoran Desert. I love the scrapbook style and the real connections the author makes. I use it to encourage my students to keep a nature journal.
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