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Saguaro Moon

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Here is another model nature journal from a naturalist who has been journaling habitats since she was a youngster. In the desert she sees Gila monsters, watches scorpions with a black light and harvests saguaro flowers with a Native American family that helps her see this unique, arid environment with appreciative eyes. The "collage-style" journal features clippings of articles about animals and plants, stories of the native Tonoho O'odham, her own youthful journal entries, and even her own desert poetry. ...
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Overview

Here is another model nature journal from a naturalist who has been journaling habitats since she was a youngster. In the desert she sees Gila monsters, watches scorpions with a black light and harvests saguaro flowers with a Native American family that helps her see this unique, arid environment with appreciative eyes. The "collage-style" journal features clippings of articles about animals and plants, stories of the native Tonoho O'odham, her own youthful journal entries, and even her own desert poetry. "Saguaro Moon" is a wonderful way to learn about the desert and also be inspired to keep a nature journal.

Author Biography: As a teenager, Kristin's pen and paintbrush were passionate about nature. As a result, she had three best-selling books published while she was still a teen! Whether she knew it or not at the time, keeping a journal is an extremely effective educational technique. Now, as an environmental educator in her own right, Kristin Joy Pratt-Serafini is modeling how to keep a fun-filled nature journal and encouraging young people to discover a variety of habitats. Her first "model" nature journal was Salamander Rain: A Lake and Pond Journal. With this book Kristin explores a dryer, hotter habitat.

At 14, Kristin wrote and illustrated "A Walk in the Rainforest". At age 16 she followed with the popular "A Swim through the Sea". At 18 she did "A Fly in the Sky". In college, Kristin studied art. Now married with the last name of Pratt-Serafini, Kristin is a self-assured writer and artist, very environmentally aware, whose work is still young and fun.

When her family moves to the Sonoran Desert in Arizona, Megan keeps a nature journal in which she describes the desert, the changes that occur throughout the seasons, and how these affect the plant and animal inhabitants.

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Editorial Reviews

Robert Edison
. . . Engaging illustrations, journal notes, clips from articles and fun tidbits of information . . . An enjoyable way for kids to connect with nature!
Children's Literature
Designed to look like the journal/scrapbook of a young girl recounting her adventures and discoveries in the Sonoran Desert, this book is packed with information about the flora and fauna of the desert environment. Pratt-Serafini presents the information in a variety of short, easy-to-grasp snippets, including "journal entries," articles from the "Planet Scouts" newsletter, nature notes, season notes, essays and poems. Detailed, vibrant watercolors bring the text to life, with the animals and plants beautifully rendered in the deep, saturated colors of a desert sunset. A gila monster crawling across red rocks, its scales spotted and dappled like a mosaic, is particularly striking. The book is well organized, moving from a general overview of the desert to a first encounter with a giant saguaro cactus through successive groupings of plants and animals. And although there are many different blocks of information and numerous typefaces used on each page, the layouts are clean and easy to follow. Careful readers will also find subtle humor: the "author" of an article on tarantulas is named "Eric Neds" and a specialist on butterflies is named "Anne Tenna." This is a fun, lively book that should excite children into wanting to learn more about the desert. A variety of sources of additional information, both in print and on the Internet, are provided at the back of the book. 2002, Dawn Publications,
— Barbara Carroll Roberts <%ISBN%>1584690372
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-Pratt-Serafini has created a joyful probe that will capture the interest and imagination of young readers. A young narrator explores Arizona's Sonoran Desert, cleverly recording her musings, scientific facts and questions, and accounts of her experiences in a nature journal decorated by her paintings of the native plants and animals and of her new friends. The watercolors masterfully draw attention to the exciting aspects of the desert that Megan has discovered and studied. On one side of the spread, a frame of flora and fauna surrounds the central action in the youngster's adventure. It faces bits and pieces of articles and reveries decorated by cutouts that will inspire young readers to make their own study and nature journals. Though the Library of Congress has classified the book as nonfiction, everything except the scientific facts-the textual citations, characterizations, and plot-is fiction. An appealing work that will inspire a love of nature in young readers.-Nancy Call, Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Aptos, CA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584690368
  • Publisher: Dawn Publications
  • Publication date: 9/1/2002
  • Series: Sharing Nature with Children Book Series
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 875,015
  • Age range: 6 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: IG840L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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