Here Is the Southwestern Desert

Here Is the Southwestern Desert

Here Is the Southwestern Desert

Here Is the Southwestern Desert


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Using cumulative verse, this picture book introduces children to the cacti, jackrabbits, peccaries, roadrunners, coyotes, lizards, and bobcats of the desert, while giving young readers an understanding of the interdependency of life in this ecologically diverse environment.

Despite its stark landscape and harsh climate, the Sonoran Desert teems with life. Animals of all kinds live among the desert’s fragrant mesquite and spiny cactus, and none can exist without the others. Madeleine Dunphy’s poetic text explores all the warm and native elements that make the American Southwest such a mystical place, while Anne Coe's stunning paintings portray the desert’s plants and animals as well as the dazzling colors reflected in the rocks and skies of the Sonoran Desert. This book is a must have for any young naturalist hoping to learn about the interconnectedness of life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780977379569
Publisher: Web of Life Children's Books
Publication date: 11/07/2006
Series: Web of Life , #4
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 1,073,818
Product dimensions: 8.38(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)
Lexile: BR (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 8 Years

About the Author

Madeleine Dunphy is an educational consultant who teaches children about endangered environments. She has studied and visited many of the world’s ecosystems, and was inspired to write books about our world’s great diversity of life. She lives in Oakland, California with her husband, Chris, and their daughter, Gwendolyn. For more information about Madeleine, her books, and her school presentations visit

Anne Coe lives in the Sonoran Desert, where she need only look out her window to see scenes like those portrayed in Here Is the Southwestern Desert. Anne’s work is part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and has been exhibited in shows throughout the United States and Latin America. She teaches painting and drawing at Central Arizona College. For more information visit
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