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Way Out in the Desert Hardcover – May 1, 1998

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PreSchool-Grade 2AA delightful take-off on "Over in the Meadow." Marsh and Ward replace the familiar pond animals with the horned toads, hummingbirds, javelinas, jackrabbits, and roadrunners of the Sonoran Desert. Spengler's joyous, humor-filled drawings at times border on cartoons. Even rattlers and Gila monsters look appealing. To further interest children, the number of creatures mentioned in each double-page spread is hidden somewhere in the illustration. A glossary of plants and animals complete with pictures and pronunciations are appended. Way Out in the Desert is sure to make young readers and listeners want to know more about that desolate, but beautiful place. Absolutely delightful.AMollie Bynum, formerly at Chester Valley Elementary School, Anchorage, AK
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Marsh and Ward's quick tour of the Sonoran Desert introduces readers to both local fauna (such as the horned toad, javelinas, tarantulas, Gila monsters, roadrunners, and scorpions) and flora (palo verde, ocotillo, saguaro, and prickly pear). Their observations are set to the rhythms of ``Over in the Meadow,'' for this is also a counting book: ``Way out in the desert where the wildflowers grew/lived a mother hummingbird and her little hummers two.'' Spengler has hidden each of the numbers in his full-page illustrations, which transport readers right into the thick of the environment and provide a better sense than the text of the animals and plants of this habitat. A glossary at the end of the book provides a more detailed account of the creatures. (Picture book. 3-7) -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 590L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Cooper Square Publishing Llc; 1 edition (May 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873586875
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873586870
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.4 x 11.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #707,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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SUMMARY:
Clever usage of rhyme and song in a counting book which describes the animals and vegetation of the desert. Pictures are beautifully illustrated, animated but yet realistic. The book even includes a glossary and the sheet music.
CRITICAL REVIEW:
WAY OUT IN THE DESERT uses excellent rhyme and meter while the young reader searches for the hidden number within each picture. All the animals and vegetation are that of the Sonoran Desert. Each page briefly describes a characteristic of the creature and their habitat within the desert. The vocabulary is contextual in naming of the animals and plants of this desert. The remaining vocabulary is simple and repetitive. The counting scheme is the increasing number of each animal's babies. The pictures are wonderful. Each are vibrantly colored but the colors are representative of the real animal or plant. Each page has depth and texture and varies in perspective. It is a joy to look at and fun to read. Older readers would enjoy reading this book in discovery of the desert. It is best to read this to new or struggling readers-but do read it!
CURRICULUM APPLICATIONS:
This is an excellent book for all elementary ages. The basic skill is counting. From here it can expand in many directions, such as music, poetry, art, writing, creating special glossaries, studying the southwest states, desert life, desert plants and animals, habitats, food chains, botany, zoology, comparing and contrasting, etc. It can be used to create working groups within the classroom, each group being a different desert animal. The possibilities are endless. Meeting both authors is recommended. Both currently live in Tucson, AZ, and love the desert. I'm sure they have many stories to tell of their life there.
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This is another "Over in the Meadow"-based gem for elementary music teachers. I have 4 of these books, total, and my students beg to hear them every class. Great illustrations, good rhymes, and good use of location-specific vocabulary that you can discuss with your students. To non-educators: make sure you know the song "Over in the Meadow", then buy these books and sing them to your kids!
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we enjoyed this book during our trip to Arizona. it was especially for the 2 year old so he had a book he could read by himself. the board pages are sturdy enough that he wouldn't wreck them. Great illustrations! fun take on 'over in the meadow.'
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The cutest board book ever...beautiful pictures and cute rhyme. We bought for kids and cousins when we moved to the SW. Perfect gift, fun to read. My kids are 7 and 10 now and I am keeping this book forever!
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When my kids were little we read Way Out in the Desert every night. They loved the pictures, the meter of the verses and, since we are from Arizona, reading about desert critters. Fifteen years later, we gift it to all of the new babies in our lives.
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Always a best-seller in our Arizona children's corner of our retreat center bookstore. This book is a must for any bookstore who wants to teach kids about the desert and it's a fun read for adults, too!
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I bought this book for my toddlers and we all love it. It's written so the words can be easily sung and paints animals that are usually considered "creepy crawly" in a positive light: caring mothers with their offspring. As a biologist, I surely appreciate it.
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great book - very interactive- my toddler loves it! allows him to follow along and learn numbers. we spend a lot of time talking about the animals as well- the other "way out" books are wonderful too!
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