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The Redrock Canyon Explorer
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Publisher:  Nature Works ISBN-10:  0915965046 Type: 


Copyright:  Sep 1 1998

Nature Works

The absolutely perfect traveling companion and guide for both kids and adults exploring the Southwest's redrock canyons, their wildlife, plants, and ecology (via armchair or actually there). The story follows the mammals, birds, insects, reptiles and plants as they go about their amazingly interconnected lives in a desert canyon. Packed with illustrations, the true-to-life story is enhanced with carefully researched, easy-to-understand sidebars full of factual "information nuggets" which clarify and amplify the events of the story in an engaging, fun, and fascinating manner. A "things to do" section suggests a wide range of activities for all ages and interests. Ideal for ages eight through adult -- a great home school resource, too!

You shouldn't even think of visiting the redrock country of the Southwest without this book. Chock full of fascinating facts and an index for looking up just about ANYthing, adults will find this book as interesting as the kids do. Complete with a map of a fictional canyon -- a composite of several canyons visited by the author/illustrator -- the book covers 47 different animals, plants, and phenomena, and showcases the fascinating life of a redrock canyon.
Each two-page spread is a chapter (kids love chapters) and the animals in each chapter, leading their normal secret lives in the canyon, connect from one chapter to the next in a continuing web of interdependence. For instance, the Desert Bighorn Sheep in Chapter 5 are put on high alert by a passing Golden Eagle (Chapter 7), which catches a young Black-tailed Jackrabbit (Chapter 6) and takes it to feed its eaglets in the nest next to an old pueblo ruin (Chapter 8) inhabited by a Grasshopper Mouse (Chapter 9). Information on the pages facing the story tell such things as: how much an eagle nest weighs, how a food-chain works, describes the "howl" of the grasshopper mouse, notes the differences between petroglyphs and pictographs, how horns are different from antlers, and so on.
Lizards, stink beetles, hawks and owls, black widow spiders, ancient Puebloan ruins.... if they're found in the canyons, this book is likely to tell you about them in ways that keep you glued to the book way past your bedtime. It's great for entertaining young back-seat passengers, as well.
(from Chapter 40. The Western Rattlesnake)

...Deep in the crack, a rattlesnake tensed. She had felt, along her entire body, the vibration when the raven's feet hit the sand. In the little pit below each eye, she could sense the heat of the raven's body against the background heat of the hot landscape. Flicking her shiny black tongue in and out, she tasted the odor of raven. The rattlesnake squeezed deeper into the crack as the raven's beady eye appeared and stared into the darkness. The snake's rough scales whispered against the sandstone, and she nervously vibrated her tail in warning, making a sharp buzzing sound.
Although the glare from the sun blinded the raven to the dim shape of the snake, he recognized the rattling sound instantly. Danger! With a loud "KRONK!" the raven launched himself hastily into the air and resumed his hunt for food for his nestlings. The snake slowly relaxed, but remained where she was. There was no reason to go out in the heat -- she would stay in her cool shelter until dusk.

(from the facing page) "When shedding, a snake's skin loosens along its lips first, sliding back over its body like a sock turning inside out. The snake rubs against rocks and sticks to scrape the old skin off. Silvery and see-through, a rattlesnake's shed skin won't have a rattle attached -- the rattles stay on the snake. Rattles don't show a snake's age, for a new button forms with each new skin, once or twice a year.

Professional Reviews

American Scientist 7/99 to the wildlife, people and geology of the Southwest..., with words and drawings by Irene Brady that a child can understand and a richness of detail, including an index, that an adult canyon visitor also will appreciate.

RV Journal, Fall 1999
Each year more and more folks travel with nature in mind. They pack binoculars and guides, take a bottle or two of water with them, and hit the trails to discover the animals of the world. The Colorado Plateau features dinosaurs, archaeological digs, geology, and wildlife. In a style that's graphically pleasing and educationally sound, this interesting book serves as a perfect traveling companion. In its editorial content filled with hundreds of tips, sidebars, and curiosities, author/artist Brady brings more than 50 animals alive and fascinating. She discovers the inter-connectability of all wildlife and manages to bring their lives into focus for young and elder alike. Her style is light but carefully researched. The drawings are simple and lively. The contents and index pages read like a veritable "who's who" of regional wildlife. In addition, the text includes things to do, hiking and camping suggestions, and a list of parks, monuments and points of interest on the Colorado Plateau.

Fossil News, January 2001
Set aside that "trilobite search pattern" for a moment, and take a break to look around you. What do you see? Canyons of red sandstone, fault-block mountains separated by downdropped valleys? Did a desert jackrabbit just flash by, did you hear the howl of a coyote? We fossil hunters relish the solitude of the country we visit as much as the thrill of discovering an extinct creature. Much of this book is devoted to the wildlife of the Great Basin and Colorado Plateau, beautifully depicted in the author's many illustrations. The text is as liquid as it is authoritative, as informative as it is entertaining. Taking this book into the field with you will give you a new appreciation of the desert country as you sit around the campfire on a cool desert evening. I highly recommend it as a companion in the solitude of your next Western fossil-collecting trip.

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Reader Reviews for "The Redrock Canyon Explorer"

Reviewed by Chrissy McVay 5/5/2006
Great book! I love this area and exploration books...

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