One Small Square: Cactus Desert

You’ll want to try to keep cool in cactus country because the desert gets hot – whew! – really hot. With the sun blazing down from a cloudless sky, you’d think nothing could survive. But watch out, a rattlesnake, scorpion, or tarantula might be near. And beware a little beetle that shoots a foul-smelling spray – while it stands on its head! At any moment, a roadrunner might whiz by, a lizard might pop up, or a tortoise might stick out its head. And always, silently, the yucca and mesquite spread their thirsty roots to find a drink of water. It’s not the easiest life on the baking earth, but it’s so fascinating to visit the desert – one small square at a time.

Cactus Desert is just one of the exciting, vibrantly illustrated volumes in the critically acclaimed One Small Square series of science and nature books. The combination of humorous, scientifically grounded text with detailed, realistic drawings will pique the interest of armchair naturalists and active explorers alike.