Desert Giant: The World of the Saguaro Cactus

Desert Giant: The World of the Saguaro Cactus

by Barbara Bash
     
 

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Overview

A story about the mighty saguaro cactus.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
These giant denizens of the Sonoran desert--and the multitudinous life forms they sustain or affect--are depicted in vivid text and paintings. Ages 6-10. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
Gr 1-6 A lap-size book with colorful, detailed illustrations that complement clear text descriptive of the life cycle of a saguaro cactus and its uses by and contributions to southwestern desert dwellersinsect, reptile, animal, and human. Bash is informative without oversimplification or hyperscientificism. For pictorial and topic information, Desert Giant is comparable to Patricia Lauber's Life on a Giant Cactus (Garrard, 1974), and superior to Anita Holmes' The 100-Year-Old Cactus (Four Winds, 1983). It contains a delightful sequence showing how desert Indians harvest and use saguaro fruitnot mentioned in either of the other books. A handsome addition to books on this subject. George Gleason, Department of English, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781578050857
Publisher:
Sierra Club Books For Children
Publication date:
09/06/2002
Series:
Tree Tales Ser.
Pages:
28
Sales rank:
299,136
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

Read an Excerpt

A strange and wonderful tree grows in the desert. It is called a saguaro (sa-WAHR-o) cactus. and its Latin name is Cereus giganteus.

There are many unusual shapes in the saguaro world. Walking out among them, you might feel as though you're surrounded by people--the Saguaro People.

Meet the Author

Barbara Bash, author-illustrator of six award-winning titles for Sierra Club Books for Children, has worked for many years as a calligrapher, illustrator, and teacher of book arts and botanical drawing. She lives in upstate New York.

Barbara Bash, author-illustrator of six award-winning titles for Sierra Club Books for Children, has worked for many years as a calligrapher, illustrator, and teacher of book arts and botanical drawing. She lives in upstate New York.

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