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Watching Desert Wildlife

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The noted naturalist-illustrator invites readers on his first trip to the American Southwest where he encounters Gila monsters, snakes, and lizards as well as more surprising desert dwellers such as deer and hummingbirds. Full-color illustrations.

Illustrations and text describe some of the animals the author encountered in the deserts of the American Southwest.

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Overview

The noted naturalist-illustrator invites readers on his first trip to the American Southwest where he encounters Gila monsters, snakes, and lizards as well as more surprising desert dwellers such as deer and hummingbirds. Full-color illustrations.

Illustrations and text describe some of the animals the author encountered in the deserts of the American Southwest.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
With one to two spreads per species, the volumes reflect the authorartist's meticulous research in both text and detailed illustrations. Ages 6-12. (Apr.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Uma Krishnaswami
This is a record in words and pictures of the journey Arnosky and his wife took through the Chihuahuan and Sonoran deserts of the America Southwest. Told in the first person, it is an invitation to observe and be awed by the incredible diversity of wildlife that call this dry landscape home. Roadrunners, birds of prey, lizards, rattlers and coral snakes, and hummingbirds-they are all here, and Arnosky's brush captures their many colors in splendid detail.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-As readers have come to expect, Arnosky's writing is as pictorial as his art, a lively, anecdotal yet factual ramble through nature. The author brings the varied creatures of the Southwestern deserts vividly to life through his large detailed paintings, brief text, and personal commentary. Sometimes the art sweeps across two pages, forming a colorful background for the narrative. Even when contained within neat borders, something always breaks the confining lines such as a squirrel's nose, a hummingbird's beak, or a gila monster's beaded tail. Caroline Arnold's Watching Desert Wildlife (Carolrhoda, 1994) covers similar material, but with photographs, and lacks Arnosky's particular artist's vision. Following him, readers will learn to look more closely at their own surroundings, and will look forward to their own visit to the desert.-Ruth S. Vose, San Francisco Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
Arnosky (Crinkleroot's Visit to Crinkle Cove, p. 892, etc.) departs from his usual wildlife settings with a trip to the Chihuahuan and Sonoran deserts of the American Southwest. The artist turns an eye, and a camera, on the desert's animals, always on the lookout for a lizard darting beneath rocks or an elf owl tucked in a hole of the giant saguaro, set against a landscape of rocks and grasses. Rock squirrel and roadrunner, coral snake and turkey vultureþeach provide an opportunity for sketching wildlife in its habitat. Tips for observing desert wildlife are interspersed among the comments themselves, rounded out with habits and characteristics of every creature. Writing in a conversational style, Arnosky catalogs his trip from the car window, along the dusty trail, or standing on a field, always making the factual information personal. In a volume resembling Virginia Wright-Frierson's A Desert Scrapbook (1996), many of the detailed drawings are not only lifelike, but life-size, shown from a distance or up close, as it would appear through a telephoto lens. Glorious colors—the emerald green of a Sonoran whipsnake, the pink stain of a pronghorn's waterholeþlift the desert landscape and its creatures out of the dust and into the light. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792267379
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 944,172
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.75 (w) x 10.63 (h) x 0.11 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Arnosky

Jim Arnosky is the ward-winning author and illustrator of more than 50 books for children. Each reflects his love of animals and the environments in which they live. Arnosky’s talent for sharing his sense of wonder with children has earned him the Washington Post-Children’s Book Guild Award for his overall contribution to nonfiction for children and the Eva L. Gordon Award for outstanding children’s science literature. He lives in South Ryegate, Vermont, with his wife Deanna. You can visit him on the Web at www.jimarnosky.com.

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