In words and pictures fascinating to even the youngest child, the desert world is brought to life in this poetic story about the life--and death--of a giant saguaro cactus. Full color throughout.In words and pictures fascinating to even the youngest child, the desert world is brought to life in this poetic story about the life--and death--of a giant saguaro cactus. Full color throughout.Read Less
Publishers Weekly, 1991-06-07 The intriguing life cycle of the saguaro cactus and the complex web of life that characterizes the North American Sonoran desert is effectively explored in this involving picture book. Guiberson's text captures the reader with its steady pace and often delightful echoes of cumulative nursery tales. She weaves an amazingly large range of facts into this simple story of a fragile ecosystem, and helps children comprehend just how much plants and animals depend upon one another for their survival. Lloyd's ( The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything ) paintings evoke the desert landscape with their pastel-shaded palette, changing point of view and finely rendered scenes of native flora and fauna. Best used as a read-aloud, this is a fine prequel to Barbara Bash's more extensive and detailed Desert Giant . Ages 4-8. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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