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Deserts are full of surprises! An amazing array of animals calls this driest place on Earth their home. Through rhythm and rhyme, children meet a new animal on every page. They won’t be able to resist getting in on all the action as animal parents teach their babies how to live in this unusual place – camels kneel, armadillos dig, dingoes sniff, and jerboas jump. Cut paper collages capture the subtle beauty of the desert and also “hide” more animals for young eyes to find.
“Over on a desert / Where the barrel cactus grew / Lived a mother gila monster / And her little hatchlings two. / ‘Flick,’ said the mother. / ‘We flick,’ said the two. / So they flicked with their tongues / Where the barrel cactus grew.”
Additional information, a world map, and tips from the author give parents and teachers all they need to make learning fun. One part song, one part story, and one part sheer delight!
About the Author: Marianne Berkes has spent much of her life with children as a teacher, children’s theater director and children’s librarian. She knows how much children enjoy brilliantly illustrated, interactive picture books with predictable text about real animals. She retired to write full time and visit schools, libraries and literary conferences. Marianne is the author of twenty (and counting!) published picture books for children. Many of her books align to Common Core Standards since they are science, math and art related. To find out more about Marianne’s school visits click here.
The twelve books Marianne has published with Dawn Publications have won numerous awards and garnered exceptional reviews. She is also the author of Marsh Music and Marsh Morning, published by Lerner Books, and several books with Arbordale Publishing, including Animalogy which won a Teachers’ Choice Award. To learn more about Marianne Berkes and her books please visit her website at www.marianneberkes.com.
About the Illustrator: Jill Dubin’s whimsical art has appeared in over 30 children’s books. Her cut paper illustrations reflect her interest in combining color, pattern and texture. She grew up in Yonkers, New York, and graduated from Pratt Institute. She lives with her family in Atlanta, Georgia, including two dogs that do very little but with great enthusiasm. Jill has illustrated six books with Dawn Publications. To learn more about Jill, visit her website Jill’s website.
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