Sunday, July 24, 2011

Book Review: Deep in the Desert

Deep in the Desert
By: Rhonda Lucas Donald   
Illustrated by: Sherry Neidigh
Published by: Sylvan Dell Publishing 
Date: 2011
ISBN: 978-1607181354
Price: $8.95, paperback
          $16.95, hardcover     
Ages: 5-10                   
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by: Kris Quinn Christopherson

Synopsis:  Catchy desert twists on traditional children’s songs and poems will have children chiming in about cactuses, camels, and more as they learn about the desert habitat and its flora and fauna.  Tarkawara hops on the desert sand instead of a kookaburra sitting in an old gum tree.  And teapots aren’t the only things that are short and stout – just look at the javelina’s hooves and snout.  

Overall thoughts:  Singing songs about the desert to the tunes of well-known songs was challenging for me as I am not a singer, but it was an enjoyable way to learn about desert animals and other desert facts.  There was giggling at my singing, but my daughter loved the musical format. Clearly, a lot of research went into this fact-filled book, and it is presented in a bright and engaging way. The illustrations complement the songs well. Pronunciation hints for some of the words, such as Tarkawara, would have been helpful. Yet, it was an effortless and lively read. 


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