Desert Scrapbook: From Dawn to Dusk in the Sonoran Desert

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In the early morning hours, an artist stirs. Gathering her paints and notebook, she heads into the Arizona Sonoran Desert to explore its treasures. Sketching, painting, and writing, she records all that she sees and as night falls, she spreads out her pictures to make this scrapbook of her day, from dawn to dusk.

The author/artist describes many of the animals and plants and their surroundings that she has sketched in the Sonoran ...

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Overview

In the early morning hours, an artist stirs. Gathering her paints and notebook, she heads into the Arizona Sonoran Desert to explore its treasures. Sketching, painting, and writing, she records all that she sees and as night falls, she spreads out her pictures to make this scrapbook of her day, from dawn to dusk.

The author/artist describes many of the animals and plants and their surroundings that she has sketched in the Sonoran Desert.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
If you can't personally visit the Sonoran Desert, Wright-Frierson's watercolor sketches provide the next best thing in her scenes of this vast and unique environment. Peopled with unusual desert creatures and vegetation that has adapted to the harsh environment, readers will enjoy the conversational style and close personal observations of the author/artist.
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
Virginia Wright-Frierson's Desert Scrapbook, is a vibrant "recording" of the Sonoran Desert, its flora and fauna -from dawn's clear-blue cool to sun-set's vibrant orange-purple glow. Suggest students turn to the author/artist's watercolor sketches, annotations, and connecting narrative for a good read, reference, or inspiration to stop, look, listen, and sketch details about a nearby habitat in similar "scrapbook" fashion.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6An artist's readable narrative accompanies her accomplished drawings in this slim, colorful volume. Wright-Frierson invites readers to spend a day in her company, savoring the Sonoran Desert of the American Southwest. She presents a dawn to dusk panorama in a profusion of watercolor sketches and a brief, conversational text. While calling to mind Jennifer Dewey's Night and Day in the Desert (Little, 1991) or Joyce Powzyk's Wallaby Creek (Lothrop, 1985), this artist's sketchbook is intensely personal. Her goal is not scientific depth, though the snippets of information may well entice the intellectually curious to conduct further investigations. Rather, her "scrapbook" serves to give a rich impression of a unique ecological environment: a feel for a landscape of compelling extremes and the creatures who have adapted to meet its unforgiving demands. Admirably done.Patricia Manning, Eastchester Public Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
Subtitled "Dawn to Dusk in the Sonoran Desert," this is a fascinating personal introduction to the ecology of a desert. In her first solo effort, Wright-Frierson (illustrator of Sheila Cole's When the Tide Is Low, 1985, among others) organizes her book as a series of dawn-to-dusk, sketchbook impressions made during many trips to the desert for observation and watercolor painting. The vivid text takes the form of involving first-person journal entries that accompany accurate, beautiful watercolors of the desert (in one, she includes her own hands sketching in a notebook as part of the illustration). Roadrunners, tortoises, jackrabbits, snakes, elf owls, and woodpeckers are just a few of the animals observed and documented in their habitat, while Saguaro cactus, creosote, acacia, prickly pear, and mesquite fill each page. There is much to enjoy, but the first lessons to absorb are on becoming careful, consistent investigators of nature. Exemplary science writing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689850554
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 5/1/2002
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 787,623
  • Age range: 6 years
  • Product dimensions: 10.12 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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