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    For Children and Young Adults

    On Sale! Cover - Alice: A Story of Friendship

    Alice: A Story of Friendship
    by Bill Vermooten; Illustrated by Priscilla Baldwin
    $15.95 New Lower Price $9.95/$8.96 Member price

    Alice is a rattlesnake who finds an unusual friendship in the beautiful landscape of the Sonoran Desert - somewhere in Arizona or the Mexican state of Sonora. This is a story about the meaning of friendship, and that every friend we have is unique and special. more...


    On Sale! Cover - Correctamundo: Prickly Pete's Guide to Desert Facts & Cactifracts

    Correctamundo: Prickly Pete's Guide to Desert Facts & Cactifracts
    David Lazaroff
    Illustrated by Preston Neel

    $9.95 New Lower Price $4.95/$4.46 Member price

    Prickly Pete the packrat takes young readers into the desert to get some answers. Beautifully illustrated, this delightful full-color children's picture book shows that desert facts often are much more amazing than the myths (cactifracts) we've all heard. more...


    Cover - Desert Dogs: Coyotes, Foxes & Wolves

    Desert Dogs: Coyotes, Foxes & Wolves
    Jonathan and Roseann Beggy Hanson
    $4.95/$4.46 Member price

    Illustrated with 24 full-color photographs, Desert Dogs is an excellent resource for readers unfamiliar with desert life and anyone who seeks a better understanding of the canines that inhabit our neighboring desert, urban alleyways, and suburban backyards. more...


    Cover - Desert Waters: From Ancient Aquifers to Modern Demands

    Desert Waters: From Ancient Aquifers to Modern Demands
    Nancy K. Laney
    $4.95/$4.46 Member price

    Desert Waters provides an engaging and readable look at where we get our water in the Sonoran Desert and why we are overdrawing our water "accounts." more...


    Holiday Sale! Cover - Beetles of the Sonoran Desert

    Beetles of the Sonoran Desert
    by Wendy Moore
    Beetle paintings by Priscilla Baldwin

    $4.95 New Lower Price $3.71/$3.34 Member price

    Meet the Beetles! Use this handy pocket guide to help you identify the common beetles of the Sonoran Desert. Members of the order Coleoptera, beetles are one of the most common insects on Earth and they are well represented here. more...


    Holiday Sale! Cover - Cacti of Arizona

    Cacti of Arizona
    Mark A. Dimmitt
    $4.95 New Lower Price $3.71/$3.34 Member price

    The Cacti of Arizona Getgo Guide, which easily fits in your pocket is perfect for a spring hike in the desert. It introduces non-botanists to species in a half-dozen groups of cacti — from columnar cacti like the giant saguaro to mammalarias like the little pincushion. more...


    Holiday Sale! Cover - Hummingbirds of the West

    Hummingbirds of the West
    by Pinau Merlin
    $4.95 New Lower Price $3.71/$3.34 Member price

    Hummingbirds, with their iridescent plumage, pugnacious nature, and high-energy lifestyle, are some of North America's most captivating birds. They both fascinate and entertain. They also can be a challenge to identify for many people. That's why the Desert Museum produced this colorful new guide. more...


    Holiday Sale! Cover - Lizards of the Southwest

    Lizards of the Southwest
    Craig Ivanyi and Stéphane Poulin
    $4.95 New Lower Price $3.71/$3.34 Member price

    Lizards, with their prehistoric appearance, beady little eyes, and often quirky behavior, hold great appeal for both adults and children. Unfortunately, most people are unable to identify more than a few. The Desert Museum took notice and produced this visually focused pocket guide. It not only allows you to quickly identify the Southwest's most commonly seen lizards but it also contains dozens of fascinating facts about their lives (such as a species that consists entirely of females and another that actually has a voice!). more...


    Holiday Sale! Cover - Outdoor Gizmos

    Outdoor Gizmos
    by Steven Phillips
    $4.95 New Lower Price $3.71/$3.34 Member price

    This handy guide is intended for just about anybody who plans on spending some time out in nature. Seasoned hikers and backpackers will want to add these gizmos to their bag of survival tricks. For everyone else, this Getgo Guide will provide great entertainment, and maybe even an entirely new way of connecting with the sun and stars. more...


    Holiday Sale! Cover - Snakes of the Southwest

    Snakes of the Southwest
    Craig Ivanyi and Janis Johnson
    $4.95 New Lower Price $3.71/$3.34 Member price

    A forked tongue... no voice... eyes that never close... dry scaly skin and long limbless bodies that appear to ooze across the ground - often under the cover of the night. Sounds like a mutant beast from a horror movie, right? Not quite - instead, it describes one of the most fascinating and highly evolved groups of animals ever to inhabit planet earth - snakes! more...


    Holiday Sale! Cover - Soaring Birds of the West

    Soaring Birds of the West
    Pinau Merlin
    $4.95 New Lower Price $3.71/$3.34 Member price

    Majestic, powerful, Elegant. Hawks, eagles and other soaring birds inspire awe and capture our imaginations as they float effortlessly above us. Learning to identify raptors is a fascinating, fun and engaging activity. This new pocket guide makes it easy! more...


    Holiday Sale! Cover - Venomous Critters of the Southwest

    Venomous Critters of the Southwest
    by Craig Ivanyi and Renee Lizotte
    $4.95 New Lower Price $3.71/$3.34 Member price

    Rattlesnake, coralsnake, scorpion, and spider! The mere mention of these words sends most of us running for cover. In truth, these creatures don't present any great danger, as long as we know who they are, how they behave in nature, and what we should do to avoid unwanted encounters. It's all here, in a format that will fit easily in your shirt pocket or daypack. more...


    Cover - Hip, Hip, Hooray, It's Monsoon Day! / ¡Ajúa, Ya Llegó el Chubasco!

    Hip, Hip, Hooray, It's Monsoon Day! / ¡Ajúa, Ya Llegó el Chubasco!
    by Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford; Illustrated by Richard Johnson
    $15.95/$14.36 Member price

    The author lushly illustrates the Sonoran Desert rainy season, describing in English and in Spanish the ways in which people anticipate and celebrate the monsoon, as well as the meteorological phenomena behind the storms and the adaptations they have caused in local wildlife. more...


    On Sale! Cover - Katie of the Sonoran Desert / Katie del Desierto Sonorense

    Katie of the Sonoran Desert / Katie del Desierto Sonorense
    by Kate Jackson / Illustrated by Natalie Rowe
    $16.95 New Lower Price $12.95/$11.65 Member price

    This is the true story of Katie, a meter-long western diamondback rattlesnake, and her adventures as she struggles to make a life for herself in the harsh Sonoran Desert. We're with Katie, sharing in her determination as she hunts for the food she needs to stay alive, her terror when attacked by vicious predators, and her care and devotion to the litter of babies she gives birth to. more...


    On Sale! Cover - The Little Saguaro / El sahuarito

    The Little Saguaro / El sahuarito
    by Shannon Young; Illustrated by Kim Duffek
    $15.95 New Lower Price $12.95/$11.65 Member price

    The Little Saguaro/El sahuarito is a heartfelt story about life's joys and challenges, as revealed in a conversation between a mother saguaro and her daughter. As this intimate story unfolds, the exuberant life of the Sonoran Desert literally swirls around the giant cacti more...


    On Sale! Cover - Mission San Xavier: A Story of Saints and Angels, Art and Artists / Una Historia de Santos y Ángeles, Arte y Artistes

    Mission San Xavier:
    A Story of Saints and Angels, Art and Artists / Una Historia de Santos y Ángeles, Arte y Artistes

    Edna San Miguel (Author/Illustrator)
    $19.95 New Lower Price $12.95/$11.65 Member price

    Saints and angels, missionaries and Indians, artists and conservators populate this fascinating introduction to a house of spirit, a Sonoran Desert landmark, and an artistic bridge to another era. A richly illustrated story for young and old alike, it is the perfect book for families to share. more...


    Cover - My Nana's Remedies / Los remedios de mi nana

    My Nana's Remedies / Los remedios de mi nana
    Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford; Illustrated by Edna San Miguel
    $15.95/$14.36 Member price

    A warm and loving grandmother prepares a variety of traditional remedies for her young granddaughter, remedies to treat everything from an upset stomach to being frightened at night. more...


    Cover - The Secret Lives of Hummingbirds

    The Secret Lives of Hummingbirds
    David Wentworth Lazaroff
    $5.95/$5.36 Member price

    The Secret Lives of Hummingbirds takes the reader into the high-energy world of North America's smallest bird. There is a sense of mystery that surrounds hummingbirds. more...


    On Sale! Cover - Víctor, el zopilote renuente

    Víctor, el zopilote renuente
    By Jonathan Hanson
    Illustrated by Kim Kanoa Duffek

    $16.95 New Lower Price $12.95/$11.65 Member price

    ¿Quién no se ha sentido incómodo en su propia piel en algún momento de la vida? ¿Quién no se ha preguntado acerca de su propio valor, o deseado ser alguien diferente? Víctor cuenta las ilusiones inocentes e imposibles y las aventuras de un joven zopilote (o buitre) que, a través de sus experiencias y el apoyo de su familia y su comunidad, encuentra su propia autoestima. Aunque fue escrito para lectores juveniles (de 8 a 12 años), tanto los jóvenes como los adultos encontrarán humorística, emotiva y significativa esta historia deliciosamente ilustrada. En el camino, se aprenderá algunas de las características únicas no sólo de los zopilotes, sino también de otras aves de presa comunes en el Desierto Sonorense. ¡Y esto es sólo el cuento! Para los lectores jóvenes, así como para los maestros y los padres, el libro incluye descripciones breves de historia natural de los animales y las plantas que aparecen en el cuento de Víctor. ¡Regáleles a sus jóvenes naturalistas más queridos este libro Víctor el zopilote renuente o Victor, the Reluctant Vulture del Museo del Desierto Arizona-Sonora. more...


    On Sale! Cover - Victor, the Reluctant Vulture

    Victor, the Reluctant Vulture
    By Jonathan Hanson
    Illustrated by Kim Kanoa Duffek

    $16.95 New Lower Price $12.95/$11.65 Member price

    Who among us hasn't been uncomfortable in our own skin at some point in life? Who among us hasn't wondered about our own worth, wishing to be something we were not? Well, Victor, or Víctor, follows the innocent but impossible dreams and adventures of a young vulture who, through experience and the support of his family and community, finds his own self-worth. While written for intermediate readers (ages 8 to 12 or so), young and old alike will find this delightfully illustrated story humorous, touching, and meaningful. Along the way, they will learn about some of the unique characteristics of not only vultures, but of some common birds of prey in the Sonoran Desert. And that's just the story! For the older intermediate readers, as well as for teachers and parents, the book includes brief entries on the natural history of animals or plants featured in Victor's tale. So, treat your favorite young naturalists to the Desert Museum's Victor, the Reluctant Vulture or Víctor, el zopilote renuente. more...


    Cover - Wild Foods of the Sonoran Desert

    Wild Foods of the Sonoran Desert
    Kevin Dahl
    $4.95/$4.46 Member price

    Wild Foods of the Sonoran Desert explores the rich diversity of native foods found in the hot, often inhospitable desert lands of southern Arizona: sweet fruit from cacti; cultivated crops such as beans, squash, corn and sunflower seeds; wild greens; chiles; mesquite pods; desert berries. more...


    Holiday Sale! Cover - Let's Explore the DesertFamily Go Guide!

    Let's Explore the Desert
    Family Go Guide!

    Doris Evans
    $14.95 New Lower Price $9.95/$8.96 Member price

    This inviting book is intended for families that want to make the most out of their desert excursions. It begins with some basic information on how to prepare for a trip into the desert, followed by tips that assure a safe and enjoyable desert experience. more...


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