Deep in the Desert
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. Travel the world’s deserts to dig with meerkats, fly with bats, and hiss with Gila monsters! Whether sung or read aloud, Deep in the Desert makes learning about deserts anything but dry.

Written by Rhonda Lucas Donald, Illustrated by Sherry Neidigh
32 pg, 10 x 8.5, Ages 3-8, Grades PK-3, Lexile: AD 500, AR: 3.1, F&P: O
Hardcover 9781607181255 $16.95  
Paperback 9781607181354 $8.95  
Spanish Paperback 9781628554083 $9.95  
EBook 9781607183044 $6.95  
Spanish EBook 9781628551334 $6.95  
Keywords:   rhythm, rhyme, climate, adapted children's songs, desert habitat, life science, map, coordinate grid, adaptations, food chain
Animals in the book:   lesser long-nosed bat, meerkat, desert tortoise, fennec fox, bactrian camel, Gila monster, javelina, collared peccary, ostrich, takawara, thorny devil
Vetters:   Thanks to Lisa Evans, Education Specialist, and Kelly Holler, Visitor Use Assistant, Amistad National Recreation Area and to David Elkowitz, Chief of Interpretation, Big Bend National Park, Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River for verifying the desert information in this book.


This title presents a variety of desert habitats around the globe and their flora and colorful illustrations accompanied by rhyming texts to match existing songs. - School Library Journal

The facts presented are brief, but older readers will want to learn more, and younger readers will pore over the illustrations again and again. This book will make learning about deserts "anything but dry." - Library Media Connection

This would be a great resource in the elementary school classroom to provide different and interactive instructional material. An impressive variety of useful activities, lesson plans, and quizzes is also available online. - Science Books & Films

Author/Illustrator Info:

Award-winning author Rhonda Lucas Donald has written more than a dozen books for children and teachers, including the prequel to Dino Treasures, Dino Tracks. Her recent book Deep in the Desert, won the silver medal in the 2011 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, National Science Teachers Association, and the Cat Writers Association. Rhonda and her husband share their Virginia home with their dogs, Maggie and Lily, and their very dignified cats, Darwin and Huxley. Visit her website at

Sherry Neidigh, a graduate of Ringling School of Art and Design, has been freelance illustrating for over twenty years. Sherry's love of animals and nature comes through in her bright, colorful art. In addition to illustrating Count Down to Fall and The Best Nest for Arbordale, Sherry has illustrated several trade and education titles including Who Needs That Nose?, If I Had a Tail, and Black and White. Sherry lives in South Carolina. Visit Sherry's website.


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