Title: A Walk in the DesertA Walk in the Desert
Author: Rebecca L. Johnson
Illustrator: Phyllis V. Saroff
Pages: 48
Recommended Ages: 8 & up
Star Rating: ★★★★★

A Walk in the Desert is part of a series of books, each of which addresses the climate, foliage, location, and animal population in the different biomes. Each book begins by describing what a biome is and providing a map of the United States with different biomes shaded in different colours. Also included in the book is a small section defining the more difficult words used in the text.

There were several things that I loved about this series. One was that there was no hint of environmentalism. The second was that it provided an abundance of photographs. Now, in most nature books, the photographs are ill lighted and very bleak looking. Such is not the case with this series – all of the photographs are sunny and happy looking.

Here are a few of the particularly interesting facts I learned from Desert.

  • A desert will often go for months – and sometimes even years – without rain.
  • Saguaro cacti grow very slowly, but can live for 200 years.
  • In the desert, seeds do not sprout until a rain comes, or else they would quickly wither.

Conclusion. Excellent. Wonderfully educational for children.

Review © 2013 Laura Verret

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