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As they hike, the girl discovers the rich variety of life that thrives in the dry desert heat--from the spicy-scented cliff rose to the purple-flowered spiny hedgehog cactus, from the ...
As they hike, the girl discovers the rich variety of life that thrives in the dry desert heat--from the spicy-scented cliff rose to the purple-flowered spiny hedgehog cactus, from the spadefoot toad to the cottontail rabbit. Along the way, young readers learn how the native desert people once used yellow biscuit root for medicine and wads of soft bark from the Utah juniper for diapers. At the same time, they gather hints on what to pack for a wilderness camping trip and how to enjoy both land and wildlife while treating them with respect.
Evocative watercolor paintings and a lyrical, first-person narrative capture the magic of the desert in this unforgettable adventure in discovery.
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.
My mother and I are going backpacking in the desert canyonlands. As we drive the road to the beginning of the trail, I can see this is a magical place. All around us are huge rocks that look like castles against the desert sky.
At the parking lot where we'll leave our car behind, I struggle with my backpack. "I'm not sure I can carry this," I say, tugging on the shoulder straps.
Mother laughs and helps me. "Water is heavy. But we have to carry plenty, because we won't find much in the desert. When it does rain, the water soaks right into the sandy soil."