From the Publisher
"Dunphy's cumulative poem explores the interrelationships between the living and nonliving elements of the Sonoran Desert. ... Coe's luminous artwork includes both panoramic backgrounds and vibrant action close-ups that will appeal to young and old alike."
"[T]his book excels in demonstrating the interconnectedness of the various species that inhabit the Sonoran Desert."
"[This] book is beautifully designed...saturated with dazzling desert light." School Library Journal
"Here Is the Southwestern Desert is a cheerful introduction to a desert theme, or to any ecological study."
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2Information on the Sonoran desert is presented in a cumulative fashion la The House That Jack Built, e.g., ``Here is the lizard/who is spied by the hawk/that perches on the cactus/that is covered with spines...'' The narrative mentions and depicts eight animals and three plants; an end note shows these and other creatures in pen-and-ink drawings with a brief discussion of them and their environment. The book is beautifully designed. On each double-page spread, text appears in a narrow section on the left against a glowing earth-pink background; remaining space is filled with an acrylic painting saturated with dazzling desert light. Each spread is marked with solid borders, as though matted. Coe's dry-brush technique reveals the texture of the canvas in ways that make it look like grainy sand. One cavil: the obviously different prickly pear and saguaro are called by the same generic namecactus.Ruth Semrau, formerly at Lovejoy School, Allen, TX