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Way Out in the Desert Hardcover – May 1, 1998
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Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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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.
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!
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.Read more ›
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In great condition. I enjoy reading it to the younger ones.Published 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
Charming book for any child who likes creepy crawlies or lives in the desert. It is like the old children's song, "Down in the Meadow.:Published 1 month ago by G P Smith
I was surprised that the book was a board book! I guess I didn't read the description very well. However, it suits my needs and the needs of my pre-K students.Published 3 months ago by Dianne Gillham
We purchased this book for each
Of our grandchildren who don't live
In the southwest. It is a nice
Intro to desert life (from an critter's
The illustrations are oversized, and could be a little scary for younger children. It seems that a number of the desert animals selected for the
book were the scary ones,... Read more
As a native of the Sonoran Desert, I love this book for my kids. It makes some of the odd desert creatures not so scary, and it's fun to read.Published 15 months ago by S. Snyder
I bought this book for my 6-yr-old granddaughter so that, though she lives far from it, she could experience some of the science of the desert. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Macan