By Barbara A. Steiner, illustrated in full color by Ronald Himler
Hardcover, 32 pages
Ages: 4-8; Grades: Preschool-3
Rocks that look like castles against the desert sky; quiet broken only by the trill of a canyon wren; the cool, clear night alight with millions of stars -- all the wonders of the desert canyonlands come vividly alive as a mother and daughter set out on their first backpacking trip together.
As they hike, the girl discovers the rich variety of life that thrives in the dry desert heat -- from the spicy-scented cliff rose to the purple-flowered spiny hedgehog cactus, from the spadefoot toad to the cottontail rabbit. Along the way, readers learn how the native desert people once used yellow biscuit root for medicine and wads of soft bark from the Utah juniper for diapers. At the same time, they gather hints on what to pack for a wilderness camping trip and on how to enjoy both land and wildlife while treating them with respect.
Evocative watercolor paintings and lyrical first-person narrative capture the magic of the desert in this unforgettable adventure in discovery.
Barbara A. Steiner, a resident of Boulder, Colorado, is the author of more than fifty books for children and young adults. Ronald Himler has illustrated more than seventy-five books for young readers; he currently makes his home in Tucson, Arizona.