March 2017: Dreams of the Desert
By Tony Johnston; illustrated by Ed Young.
San Francisco : Sierra Club Books for Children, c2000.
When day is done, the sun streaks the desert sky with flame. Soon the stars came out, and with them, a host of creatures. Bats spill from a hillside cave; insects seek out the sweet fruit of the saguaro; and a lone coyote sings his haunting song to the moon. This lyrical evocation of the desert offers young readers an unforgettable look at the many plants and animals that thrive in this surprisingly lush and fragile wilderness. Early readers.
(j) QH541.5.D4 J648 2000
Guiberson, Brenda Z. New York : Henry Holt, 1993, c1991.
Describes the life cycle of the giant saguaro cactus, with an emphasis on its role as a home for other desert dwellers. Early readers.
(j) SB438.3.S14 G94 1991
Albert, Richard E., San Francisco : Chronicle Books, c1994.
Lonely in his house beside a road in the desert, Alejandro builds an oasis to attract the many animals around him. Early readers.
(j) QH541.5.D4 AL14 1994
Asch, Frank. San Diego, [Calif.] : Harcourt Brace, c1998.
Poems and photographs depict desert ecosystems in North America. Advanced readers.
(j) QH541.5.D4 As23 1998
The Desert is My Mother = El Desierto es Mi Madre.
Houston, Tex. : Piñata Books, c1994. A poetic depiction of the desert as the provider of comfort, food, spirit, and life. Pre-readers.
(j) QH541.5.D4 M791 1994
Silver, Donald M. New York : Learning Triangle Press, c1995.
Describes the plants and animals that thrive in a desert, including saguaros, scorpions, and yuccas. Early readers.
(j) QH541.5 D4 Si39 1995
The Great White Owl of Sissinghurst.
Simmons, Dawn Langley.
New York : M. McElderry Books, c1993.
Three young children staying at Sissinghurst Castle are fascinated by the great white owl that haunts the grounds and they rescue it when it is shot by a hunter. Early readers.
(j) SB466.G73 S47, Si47, 1993
Saguaro Moon : a Desert Journal.
Pratt-Serafini, Kristin Joy.
Nevada City, Calif. : Dawn Publications, c2002. When her family moves to the Sonoran Desert in Arizona, Megan keeps a nature journal in which she describes the desert, the changes that occur throughout the seasons, and how these affect the plant and animal inhabitants. Early readers.
(j) QH541.5 D4 P88 2002
The Desert is Theirs.
Baylor, Byrd. New York : Charles Scribner's Sons, c1975.
Simple text and illustrations describe the characteristics of the desert and its plant, animal, and human life. Early readers.
(j) QH541.5.D4 B344 1975
The Seed and the Giant Saguaro.
Ward, Jennifer. Flagstaff, Ariz. : Rising Moon, 2003.
In this well told variation on "The House that Jack built," a packrat, carrying fruit from the giant saguaro, is chased by various desert animals and inadvertently helps spread the cactus seed. Includes information on saguaros. Early readers.
(j) SB438.3 S14 W213 2003
Desert Giant : the World of the Saguaro Cactus.
Bash, Barbara. San Francisco : Sierra Club Books ; Boston : Little, Brown, c1989.
Summary: Documents the life cycle and ecosystem of the giant saguaro cactus and the desert animals it helps to support. Early readers.
(j) SB438.3 S14 B291 1989
Cactus Cafe : a Story of the Sonoran Desert.
Zoehfeld, Kathleen Weidner. Norwalk, Conn. : Soundprints, c 1997.
Describes the activities of various animals living in the Sonoran Desert and their dependence on the saguaro cactus for sustenance. Early readers.
(j) AB438.3 S14 Z72 1997
Steiner, Barbara A. San Francisco : Sierra Club Books for Children, c1996.
Relates the experiences of a young girl and her mother as they backpack in the desert, where the child learns about the plants, animals, birds, and rock formations. Early readers.
(j) QH541.5.D4 St35 1996
America's Deserts : Guide to Plants and Animals.
Wallace, Marianne D. Golden, Colo. : Fulcrum Kids, c1996.
A color field guide to America's deserts, with watercolor illustrations and descriptions of the plants and animals that inhabit the different desert regions. Advanced readers.
(j) QH541.5 D4 W155 1996
Hidden Life of the Desert.
Wiewandt, Thomas Alan. Missoula, Mont. : Mountain Press Pub., 2010.
Takes a photographic tour of the life cycles of the desert, where all creatures must adapt to extremes of heat and cold and the coming and going of the rains.
(j) QH541.5 .D4 W54 2010