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Book Review/Giveaway: Deep In The Desert. Ends March 10th

Deep In The Desert by Rhonda Lucas Donald and illustrated by Sherry Neidigh

About the Book: 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.


My Review: This is a story about animals in the desert where the author used nursery rhyme songs to tell about the desert habitat and its flora and fauna. For example, Deep in the Desert may be sung to “Down in the Valley” or The Camel with Two Humps may be sung to “The Itsy, Bitsy Spider”. Travel the desert and learn about nose bats, desert tortoise, fennec fox, meerkat, thorny devil and many more.

Deep in the Desert includes six pages of learning activities about For Creative Minds (go to, The Desert Habitat, Desert Fun Facts, Deserts of the World i.e. a map location of the deserts and Match the plant or animal Adaptations with questions and answers. The illustrations are colorful and show each desert animal in its habitat. Great for classroom teaching.

Deep in the Desert is a spring 2011 release from Sylvan Dell Publishing.

Ages: 4 and up

Pages: 32

Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received a copy of this book from Sylvan Dell Publishing in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.

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February 17, 2012 - Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , ,


  1. How fun to LEARN as we sing, or look carefully at exciting drawings and notice the background…
    That’s why I think this book seems so worthwhile, it’s a visit to our senses and provides great ways to focus!

    Comment by Elsie Brockett | February 17, 2012 | Reply

  2. I can easily see using this book in my classroom. I work with special needs students, and teaching them content such as science is so much easier when you apply poetry or songs. I enjoy using picture books with my upper elementary and middle school students. This book would be ideal.

    Comment by Sara Kovach | February 17, 2012 | Reply

  3. So often we see animal books about farm animals or woodland animals or sea critters. Desert animals is not something I’ve seen before! And the use of nursery rhyming is sure to keep even the littlest of children engaged.

    Comment by Lori B | February 17, 2012 | Reply

  4. We love books that help us to learn through song. What fun!

    lovelydomesticdiva (at) gmail (dot) com

    Comment by domestic diva | February 17, 2012 | Reply

  5. I love meerkats and would love to teach my grandkids a song about them. Memorizing animals facts via a song doesn’t seem like learning – the rhythm & rhyme sticks with us.
    tmyoung at rochester dot rr dot com

    Comment by Teresa Young | February 17, 2012 | Reply

  6. Since i am living in the Desert now this would be the perfect book to put in the library. Even though the children live here, i wonder how much they really know about it. And having it put to rhyme and music seems like a cool way for them to learn and remember. Great interview, by the way.

    marianne dot wanham at gmail dot com

    Comment by Marianne | February 17, 2012 | Reply

  7. This sounds really interesting, especially with desert animals!

    Comment by Susan Peck | February 17, 2012 | Reply

  8. The details sung to well know nursery songs makes this book more memorable! And what child doesnt like new words to old songs! Besides, cute little desert animals are enough to attract my kids, being from arizona! Looks very cute!

    Comment by monica p | February 17, 2012 | Reply

  9. such beautiful illustrations- love them!

    Comment by Marci | February 18, 2012 | Reply

  10. Songs are great for kids to lean by! And the art looks adorable!

    Comment by lisa | February 18, 2012 | Reply

  11. This is great. My girls could sing and learn about animals

    Comment by jeryl m | February 19, 2012 | Reply

  12. This great. My girls could sing and learn about animals

    Comment by jeryl m | February 19, 2012 | Reply

  13. My kids would really enjoy learning about desert life through this book and through song-very neat! 🙂

    Comment by Kristie | February 21, 2012 | Reply

  14. I just love when an author makes the tale rhyme for children. They learn vocabulary and story meaning so quicky when they are engaged with rhymes. Also, I like the idea of children learning about animals specific to a desert region.

    Comment by Vera | February 21, 2012 | Reply

  15. I left a comment on the author interview page.

    godleyv at yahoo [dot] com

    Comment by Vera | February 21, 2012 | Reply

  16. I think the illustrations are wonderful and would give children a good idea of the animals and their habitat. The fact that there is music is also a great idea.

    harvee44 at

    Comment by harvee | February 22, 2012 | Reply

  17. LOVE the illustrations! makes me think of jan brett!

    Comment by sahmandtw | February 22, 2012 | Reply

  18. What a wonderful way to teach children about the habits of animals in the Desert. Love the fact that it can be sung.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

    Comment by Carol L. | February 29, 2012 | Reply

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