Way Out in the Desert

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This toe-tapping text will have you singing along with the lovable creatures of the desert in no time! Filled with vibrant illustrations of many of the charming plants and animals that call the Sonoran Desert home, Way Out in the Desert is a wonderful teaching tool that takes you on a trip down memory lane.

If you remember singing "Over in the Meadow" as a child, now you can give your children their own memories of this timeless tune.

So take a...

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Overview

This toe-tapping text will have you singing along with the lovable creatures of the desert in no time! Filled with vibrant illustrations of many of the charming plants and animals that call the Sonoran Desert home, Way Out in the Desert is a wonderful teaching tool that takes you on a trip down memory lane.

If you remember singing "Over in the Meadow" as a child, now you can give your children their own memories of this timeless tune.

So take a child on a trip where "Way out in the desert having fun in the sun lived a mother horned toad and her little toady one..."

A counting book in rhyme presents various desert animals and their children, from a mother horned toad and her little toadie one to a mom tarantula and her little spiders ten. Numerals are hidden in each illustration.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2A delightful take-off on "Over in the Meadow." Marsh and Ward replace the familiar pond animals with the horned toads, hummingbirds, javelinas, jackrabbits, and roadrunners of the Sonoran Desert. Spengler's joyous, humor-filled drawings at times border on cartoons. Even rattlers and Gila monsters look appealing. To further interest children, the number of creatures mentioned in each double-page spread is hidden somewhere in the illustration. A glossary of plants and animals complete with pictures and pronunciations are appended. Way Out in the Desert is sure to make young readers and listeners want to know more about that desolate, but beautiful place. Absolutely delightful.Mollie Bynum, formerly at Chester Valley Elementary School, Anchorage, AK
Kirkus Reviews
Marsh and Ward's quick tour of the Sonoran Desert introduces readers to both local fauna (such as the horned toad, javelinas, tarantulas, Gila monsters, roadrunners, and scorpions) and flora (palo verde, ocotillo, saguaro, and prickly pear). Their observations are set to the rhythms of "Over in the Meadow," for this is also a counting book: "Way out in the desert where the wildflowers grew/lived a mother hummingbird and her little hummers two." Spengler has hidden each of the numbers in his full-page illustrations, which transport readers right into the thick of the environment and provide a better sense than the text of the animals and plants of this habitat. A glossary at the end of the book provides a more detailed account of the creatures. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873588027
  • Publisher: Cooper Square Publishing Llc
  • Publication date: 7/28/2002
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 378,576
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 7.17 (h) x 0.49 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2013

    Engaging and fun book

    My three year old son loves to read this book. There are many educational aspects such as learning to count and learning about real wildlife in the desert. It is also fun because it can be a song, it rhymes, and your child can look for the hidden numbers on each page. For older kids, there are short paragraphs in the back with information about each animal, plant, etc mentioned in the book. Overall, a great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2009

    Great Story

    My students enjoyed this book!!!!! It was great and went with our unit on living in the desert

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  • Posted August 17, 2009

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    Great way to introduce children to Arizona and music

    This story can be sung to the tune of "Over in the Meadow" by Olive A Wadsworth. As short as the boardbook is, it has kept my niece-5 and nephew-3 entertained for a full half an hour singing the song, counting the animals in the illustrations, and associating the critters with the ones they see here in Arizona, and is always the first one they choose out of the bookbag while in waiting rooms.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2006

    Desert

    Wonderful book for children. We live in the Eastern United States and this is a great intorduction to the desert and other animals for a child.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2000

    Count This Book In!

    T.J. Marsh and Jennifer Ward have written a wonderful counting book that takes the focus off counting and onto poetry, desert geography, plants and animals, and imagination. Aided by the creative illustrations of Kenneth Spengler, they have produced a counting book that makes you forget it IS a counting book. No small feat. My four year old twin grandsons fell in love with the poetry, animals, and desert plants; as well as the author and illustrator. They couldn't wait to turn the page to find the hidden number, and guess the name of the animal. They were thrilled to discover the glossary complete with photographs. We never read the book that they don't go through every term in the glossary and identify each picture. As a result, they have learned the names of new animals and plants, and no small amount about desert geography. They also insist on my reading the page containing the pictures and short biographies of the authors and illustrator. The love seeing the pictures of the persons who wrote and illustrated one of their favorite books. Every time we read this page they say they are going to go see them (authors and illustrator). Never a fan of counting books, I have been amazed at the charm and learing potential of this one. It's a winner!

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