Why read about the desert when you can sing about it? Deep
in the Desert features songs and poems about the desert--all
sung to familiar tunes like "I'm a Little Teapot," "The Itsy,
Bitsy Spider," "Yankee Doodle," and more. Children will have
so much fun learning about animals and plants that that make
the desert their home.
My family and I live in the desert, and we know there's more to
the desert than rocks and dirt! Sherry Neidigh does a superb job
bringing desert animals and plants to life with detailed, colorful
illustrations. In this beautiful 32-page paperback, bats pollinate
green cactuses with large, white flowers; orange and white fennec
foxes hunt at night; a pink and black Gila monster hisses near
quail eggs; and javelinas eat hot pink cactus fruit--just to name
a few topics.
Parents and teachers will love the educational extras provided
at the end. Activities include "The Desert Habitat," "Desert Fun
Facts," "Map of the Deserts of the World," and "Match the Desert
Adaptations." The website provides a teacher's guide that includes
sheet music to the songs, comprehension questions, and more. A Deep
in the Desert quiz and related links can also be found on
the website by clicking the cover of the book.
My first-grade daughter and I had fun singing and learning together
about the desert. There were only a couple of tunes with which
I wasn't familiar, but I just read those songs aloud. My daughter
does have some trouble trying to sing the unfamiliar lyrics on
her own, so I encourage her to read those lyrics instead.
For preschool and elementary children, this book would make a
great addition to any desert study. Singing songs makes discovering
the desert fun and interesting, and $8.95 is a fair price for getting
more than just a picture book!