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Way Out in the Desert [Hardcover]

By T. J. Marsh (Author), Jennifer Ward (Author) & Kenneth J. Spengler (Illustrator)
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Item description for Way Out in the Desert by T. J. Marsh, Jennifer Ward & Kenneth J. Spengler...

A counting book in rhyme presents various desert animals and their children, from a mother horned toad and her little toadie one to a mom tarantula and her little spiders ten

Publishers Description
Filled with vibrant illustrations of many of the charming plants and animals that call the Sonoron Desert home, each illustration also hides numerals to teach children to count.

Citations And Professional Reviews
Way Out in the Desert by T. J. Marsh, Jennifer Ward & Kenneth J. Spengler has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Kirkus Review - Children - 03/15/1998 page 408
  • School Library Journal - 06/01/1998 page 115
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/1998 page 299
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/1998

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Rising Moon
Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.3" Width: 8.85" Height: 0.42"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 1, 1998
Publisher   Rising Moon
Age  3-7
ISBN  0873586875  
ISBN13  9780873586870  

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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > Baby-3 > Basic Concepts > Counting
3Books > Subjects > Children > Science, Nature & How It Works > Nature > Environment > Fiction
4Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8
5Books > Subjects > Children > Literature

Reviews - What do customers think about Way Out in the Desert?

Excellent for young children  Nov 10, 2007
My children, ages 1,3, 5, 7, absolutely LOVE this book (We have the board-book version). The rhyming is catchy and well-written. We live in Arizona, so they love reading about creatures we see everywhere. And they really get a kick out of finding the 'hidden' numbers. My 3 & 5-yr-old are always requesting it for bedtime storytime. They yell out the numbers as I read it, then we all count the creatures together. It's a great book for the whole family!
Great!  Sep 17, 2007
A great little book that shares some of the 'magic' of animal life in the desert. Engaging pictures and creative text. Too bad the board book version doesn't have the glossary that's mentioned in one of the 'offical' reviews. So in case you didn't know, "javelina" are medium-sized mammals of the family Tayassuidae, and an "ocotillo" is a desert plant that looks like dead sticks for much of the year, but grows small leaves during rainy periods.
Fun book for babies/toddlers!  Jul 2, 2007
I love reading this book to my son. He's now about a year and a half, though we've had this book for a year. I picked this book up for him on a trip to Arizona, because I like to collect books about the places we've been. This one was appropriate because it is about desert/southwest animals. It is a short counting book and it has a fun, rhythmic pattern to the words. The words are also simple with a repetitive pattern, so it makes great early "reading" for young kids (easily memorizable).The illustrations are beautiful, and I think it was a nice touch that there is a "hidden" number on each page.
Pleasant book about desert life.  May 4, 2006
I haven't learned the music for Way Out in the Desert yet, so I can't speak for the tune. However, the rhythm of this counting rhyme is a lot of fun. It gets a little old by the time you get to the tenth verse, but the beat is enjoyable. If you don't like poems that sort of get you into a singsong mode, though, you might want to skip this one.
The illustrations are beautiful, and terms are explained at the end of the book. If you know how to pronounce both Spanish and English words, this text is a delight to read aloud. A great introduction to desert life!
Clever usage of rhyme and song in a counting book which desc  Feb 16, 1999

Clever usage of rhyme and song in a counting book which describes the animals and vegetation of the desert. Pictures are beautifully illustrated, animated but yet realistic. The book even includes a glossary and the sheet music.


WAY OUT IN THE DESERT uses excellent rhyme and meter while the young reader searches for the hidden number within each picture. All the animals and vegetation are that of the Sonoran Desert. Each page briefly describes a characteristic of the creature and their habitat within the desert. The vocabulary is contextual in naming of the animals and plants of this desert. The remaining vocabulary is simple and repetitive. The counting scheme is the increasing number of each animal's babies. The pictures are wonderful. Each are vibrantly colored but the colors are representative of the real animal or plant. Each page has depth and texture and varies in perspective. It is a joy to look at and fun to read. Older readers would enjoy reading this book in discovery of the desert. It is best to read this to new or struggling readers-but do read it!


This is an excellent book for all elementary ages. The basic skill is counting. From here it can expand in many directions, such as music, poetry, art, writing, creating special glossaries, studying the southwest states, desert life, desert plants and animals, habitats, food chains, botany, zoology, comparing and contrasting, etc. It can be used to create working groups within the classroom, each group being a different desert animal. The possibilities are endless. Meeting both authors is recommended. Both currently live in Tucson, AZ, and love the desert. I'm sure they have many stories to tell of their life there.

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