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
Price: $8.95, paperback
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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