Softcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Dawn Publications (2002)
Saguaro Moon: A Desert Journal (Softcover)
Written and Illustrated by Kristin Joy Pratt-Serafini
Here is another model nature journal from a naturalist who has been journaling habitats since she was a youngster. In the desert she sees Gila monsters, watches scorpions with a Native American family that helps her see this unique, arid environment with appreciative eyes.
Reviews for Saguaro Moon: A Desert Journal
Pratt-Serafini has created a joyful probe that will capture the interest and imagination of young readers. A young narrator explores Arizona’s Sonoran Desert, cleverly recording her musings, scientific facts and questions, and accounts of her experiences in a nature journal decorated by her paintings of the native plants and animals and of her new friends. The watercolors masterfully draw attention to the exciting aspects of the desert that Megan has discovered and studied. On one side of the spread, a frame of flora and fauna surrounds the central action in the youngster’s adventure. It faces bits and pieces of articles and reveries decorated by cutouts that will inspire young readers to make their own study and nature journals. Though the Library of Congress has classified the book as nonfiction, everything except the scientific facts-the textual citations, characterizations, and plot-is fiction. An appealing work that will inspire a love of nature in young readers.
— Nancy Call, Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Aptos, CA (School Library Journal)
The Sonoran Desert beckons a young naturalist in this exuberant ‘nature journal’. Engaging illustrations, journal notes, clips from articles and fun tidbits of information give a youthful flair to the desert’s unique flora and fauna, and its native people. An enjoyable way for kids to connect with nature!
— Robert Edison, acting executive director, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum