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Journey into The Desert
     

Journey into The Desert

by John Brown
 

Journey into the Desert is an exciting voyage through the dramatically dry world of the Sonoran Desert in the Southwest of the United States. Filled with vibrant color photographs of desert life-including a lizard that squirts blood from its eyes, scorpions that glow in the dark, and a real-life monster with a venomous bite—each page is a daring exploration of

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Journey into the Desert is an exciting voyage through the dramatically dry world of the Sonoran Desert in the Southwest of the United States. Filled with vibrant color photographs of desert life-including a lizard that squirts blood from its eyes, scorpions that glow in the dark, and a real-life monster with a venomous bite—each page is a daring exploration of grand natural wonders and amazing animal feats of survival. John Brown provides young travelers with wide-ranging information, including:
· How to select equipment for the trip
· Interesting animal adaptations, such as the ingenious water-storage techniques of the cactus and the clever hunting abilities of the vulture
· Native American cliff dwellings, where people are thought to have lived for 1,000 years before suddenly disappearing
· Environmental impact of pumping water into the desert or allowing housing developments in this delicate place
An accessible introduction to a world of spectacular extremes, Journey into the Desert gives young people a deep sense of the desert and its many contrasts — beauty and danger, ruggedness and fragility, hot and cold — and a well-rounded knowledge of the unique species that survive there.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Lavish illustrations provide color photos of everything from gila monsters and turkey vultures to desert flowers and saguaros cactus....A colorful and engaging look at a fascinating desert biome." — Library Materials Guide

"Color photographs and clearly worded, descriptive text in this slender photo-essay...even the glossary terms are well written in this excellent introductory work." — School Library Journal

School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-A young narrator takes readers on a camping trip into the Sonoran Desert, which covers parts of California, Arizona, and Mexico. Chapter by chapter, the colorful photographs and clearly worded, descriptive text in this slender photo-essay describe the necessary equipment for desert camping and exploring, the flora and fauna that will be seen, the dramatic landscape, and reasons for protecting this habitat. Desert activities are revealed following a torrential rainstorm when colorful wildflowers bloom quickly and noisy spadefoot toads use the resulting puddles in order to mate. Carnivores are depicted in action, from the Gila monster with a mouthful of dripping bird eggs to the Harris's hawk standing over a freshly killed young rabbit. The various cacti and their uses are depicted, with warning given that only the barrel cactus contains drinkable water. A chapter on the damage to this fragile ecosystem and its occupants that results from increased development rounds out the book. Even the glossary terms are well written in this excellent introductory work. Older students who wish to explore the Sonoran Desert in greater detail can turn to John Alcock's Sonoran Desert Summer (Univ. of Arizona, 1990).-Pam Spencer Holley, Young Adult Literature Specialist, Virginia Beach, VA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A lavish array of big, bright, close-up photos of lush desert flowers and scaly or many-legged creatures will entice young naturalists to dip into this quick visit to the Sonoran Desert. The text isn't likely to draw nearly as much notice, though it does have its moments: "We look around and find the lizard's little black droppings. They crumble as you pick them up-they are made of nothing but the digested remains of dead ants!" The author, a BBC cameraman, opens with one spread on deserts of the world and a second that tallies proper gear for brief outings, then takes young readers out into the scrub for illustrated encounters with a nesting hummingbird, cacti ("Plants that Bite"), a Gila monster, and other wildlife. After side visits to the Grand Canyon and unidentified cliff dwellings, he closes with warnings about environmental threats. Less a specific travelogue than a series of cursory field notes and generalities ("Native Americans are very skilled at using the plants that grow in the desert as medicines"), this companion to Tim Knight's Journey Into Africa (not reviewed) and Journey Into the Rain Forest (2001) is designed more for armchair travelers than readers with a serious or assignment-driven interest in desert ecosystems. (Nonfiction. 9-11)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195157772
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/15/2002
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
12.10(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

John Brown is a wildlife cameraman who has worked all over the world. His travels have taken him from the ice of the Arctic to the steam of the rainforest, to tropical islands, baking-hot deserts, and beyond.

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