Desert Giant: the World of the Saguaro Cactus

Desert Giant: the World of the Saguaro Cactus

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A story about the mighty saguaro cactus.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 207.77 x 279.91 x 3.81mm | 163.29g
  • Layton, UT, United States
  • English
  • colour illustrations
  • 1578050855
  • 9781578050857
  • 480,150

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A venerable saguaro cactus stands like a statue in the hot desert landscape, its armlike branches reaching fifty feet into the air. From a distance it appears to be completely still and solitary--but appearances can be deceptive. In fact, this giant tree of the desert is alive with activity. Its spiny trunk and branches are home to a surprising number of animals, and its flowers and fruit feed many desert dwellers.
Gila woodpeckers and miniature elf owls make their homes inside the saguaro's trunk. Long-nosed bats and fluttering white doves drink the nectar from its showy white flowers. People also play a role in the saguaro's story: each year the Tohono O'odham Indians gather its sweet fruit in a centuries-old harvest ritual.
In this first volume of Sierra Club Books' Tree Tales series, a simple, easy-to-read text and appealing drawings document the life cycle of this amazing cactus tree and the creatures it helps to support. Readers will come away with a better understanding of and a lasting respect for this accomodating giant of the desert.
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