The Desert Alphabet Book

The Desert Alphabet Book

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By: Jerry Pallotta / Illustrated by: Mark Astrella

Come to the hot, dry places and meet a menagerie of animals.

The parched, mysterious deserts of the world are the landscapes for this alphabet array of plants, animals, and phenomena. Meet the colorful Crimson Chat, the deadly Inland Taipan, and the cartwheeling Golden Wheel Spider. Look beneath and beyond the sand for familiar, unfamiliar, and comical desert dwellers.

Author Jerry Pallotta and illustrator Mark Astrella invite readers to one of nature's most forbidding environments. And if you feel thirsty after reading about some of the driest places on earth, don't worry. There's a Water-holding frog!

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Author & Illustrator Bios:

Jerry Pallotta, author

Jerry Pallotta began writing children's books to entertain his own children. Now, as the author of a best-selling alphabet book series and other children's books, he is delighting young readers everywhere. Jerry lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Mark Astrella, illustrator

Mark Astrella has drawn and painted all his life. "Ever since I got a big star on my drawing in kindergarten I wanted to be an artist," says Mark. "I am mostly self-taught. I learned by looking at art in my hometown art museum, and by studying books, comic books, science fiction magazines, and Mad Magazine." Mark lives in Hawaii.

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Awards & Honors:

A Reading Rainbow Review Book

Editorial Reviews:

Library Talk

[F]eatures animals from deserts around the world. the dryness and heat of the desert seem palpable in the illustrations. (Be sure to especially notice the colors of the desert sunset/rise on the "E" page.) Pallotta must have sensed that eh reader would notice the aridness because he adds an unexpected waterfall between "Q" and "R" in his usual humorous style.

Long Island Parenting News

Kids can learn about the desert, from the Australian water-holding frog to the salt-loving Zaita plant, or learn about herbs, spices and other natural flavors, from Anise (which tastes like licorice) to Zatar (used in the Middle East in the making of bread).


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ISBN: 978-0-88106-472-8

Ages: 4-7
Page count: 32

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