Cactus Hotel
Cactus Hotel
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Annotation: Describes the life cycle of the giant saguaro cactus, with an emphasis on its role as a home for other desert dwellers.
Genre: Biology
Catalog Number: #22034
Format: Perma-Bound Big Book
All Formats: Search
Special Formats: Big Book Big Book
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
Copyright Date: 1991
Edition Date: 2007
Illustrator: Lloyd, Megan,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-8050-8228-X
ISBN 13: 978-0-8050-8228-9
Dewey: 577.54
Dimensions: 46 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-- Text and illustrations successfully meld to tell this story of the slow-growing saguaro. The plant's 200-year life cycle from seed to final deterioration is presented chronologically. This sequential approach clearly demonstrates plant development and adaptation techniques for survival in a desert habitat. The symbiotic relationship of plant and animal at various stages of growth is shown as birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and insects visit the cactus. Muted double-page illustrations provide a landscape background for the brighter hues of the cactus flowers and the creatures that come to visit. These illustrations are a gentle contrast to the boldness of Desert Giant (Little, 1989) by Barbara Bash and complement the photographs in The Hidden Life of the Desert (Crown, 1990) by Thomas Wiewandt. --Diane Nunn, Richard E. Byrd Elementary School, Glen Rock, NJ
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Word Count: 1,103
Reading Level: 4.7
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.7 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 27517 / grade: Middle Grades

It is another hot day in the desert. Birds and other animals scurry about looking for food.When they get tired they stop to rest at a giant cactus. It is their hotel in the desert! Brenda Z. Guiberson's Cactus Hotel is already a favorite in many homes and classrooms, with sales totaling more than 320,000 in hardcover and paperback. The big book format allows Megan Lloyd's detailed illustrations to shine and makes sharing in wonder of the desert life cycle more fun than ever. "A fascinating look at the life cycle of the giant saguaro cactus and its place in the desert ecosystem." --Booklist


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