Cover image for Watching desert wildlife
Title:
Watching desert wildlife
Author:
Arnosky, Jim.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Washington, DC : National Geographic Society, [1998]

©1998
Physical Description:
32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Summary:
Illustrations and text describe some of the animals the author encountered in the deserts of the American Southwest.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
960 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 5.9 0.5 32181.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 5.4 3 Quiz: 30980 Guided reading level: S.
ISBN:
9780792273042
Format :
Book

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Summary

Beckoned by its alluring landscape, Jim Arnosky paints and describes the desert's most famous residents -- Gila monsters, snakes, lizards, and a variety of birds of prey. A keen observer, he also spies some creatures that may surprise readers: the desert deer, pronghorn antelope, and bighorn sheep.

Arnosky's vibrant, engaging artwork is complemented by his lively first-person narrative. He adds a wealth of enlightening facts about desert creatures to make this a fascinating record of the American southwest.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-5. Arnosky visits the Chihuahuan Desert in Texas and New Mexico and the Sonoran Desert in New Mexico to observe, describe, and paint the animals there. Writing in a colloquial first-person style, he invites readers along as he discovers birds, snakes, lizards, deer, and squirrels. Large-scale paintings, many showing the animals life-size, record the varied desert habitats as well as the individual species' shapes, colors, and markings. Even when advising readers about the best ways to observe wildlife safely, Arnosky communicates his enthusiasm for the desert animals he sees. A longtime observer of animals in the Northeast, he enthusiastically records his observations of desert animals of the American Southwest. An informative and well-illustrated addition to science units on desert wildlife. --Carolyn Phelan


Publisher's Weekly Review

With one to two spreads per species, the volumes reflect the authorartist's meticulous research in both text and detailed illustrations. Ages 6-12. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-As readers have come to expect, Arnosky's writing is as pictorial as his art, a lively, anecdotal yet factual ramble through nature. The author brings the varied creatures of the Southwestern deserts vividly to life through his large detailed paintings, brief text, and personal commentary. Sometimes the art sweeps across two pages, forming a colorful background for the narrative. Even when contained within neat borders, something always breaks the confining lines such as a squirrel's nose, a hummingbird's beak, or a gila monster's beaded tail. Caroline Arnold's Watching Desert Wildlife (Carolrhoda, 1994) covers similar material, but with photographs, and lacks Arnosky's particular artist's vision. Following him, readers will learn to look more closely at their own surroundings, and will look forward to their own visit to the desert.-Ruth S. Vose, San Francisco Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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