Cactus Hotelby Brenda Z. Guiberson
The author weaves a large range of facts into this simple story of a fragile ecosystem. Explore the life of a cactus from seedling to full grown. Beautifully illustrated in full color with exquisite detail.
“A fascinating look at the life cycle of the giant saguaro cactus and its place in the desert ecosystem.” Booklist
“Guiberson weaves an amazingly large range of facts into this simple story of a fragile ecosystem.” Publishers Weekly
Meet the Author
Brenda Z. Guiberson has written many books for children, including Spoonbill Swamp, Moon Bear and Disasters. As a child, Brenda never thought she wanted to be a writerher dreams tended more toward jungle explorer. She graduated from the University of Washington with degrees in English and Fine Art. She started thinking about writing for children when her son went to elementary school, and she volunteered in his class and in the school library. After taking exciting trips that involved a fifty-foot cactus, hungry alligators and sunset-colored spoonbills, she wanted to create books for children that would be like a field trip. Her books are full of well-researched detail, and Brenda sees this research as an adventureone that allows her to be a jungle explorer at last. She lives in Seattle, Washington.
Megan Lloyd read the manuscript for Cactus Hotel and went to the Saguaro National Monument in Arizona herself. "I like to see what I am going to illustrate rather than make it up," she says. Ms. Lloyd is the illustrator of many picture books, including Brenda Z. Guiberson's Spoonbill Swamp. She lives in Pennsylvania.
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Illustrations are good and the story is calm and little kids love this book. Gives excellent information about the saguaro cactus which is only found in the Sonoran Desert (AZ and Mexico). Very good book to use in school when studying plants, the desert, SW animals or cycle of life. Also, great for home shared reading if you don't live out west and your child has never seen one of the cactus. If you DO live out west, even better because you can use the book to identify and talk about the plants and animals that live around you which is delicious to children. Probably best for 4-7 year olds.