Cactus Hotel

written by Brenda Z. Guiberson; illustrated by Megan Lloyd

Henry Holt and Co.

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It is another hot day in the desert. Birds and other animals scurry about looking for food. When they get tired they stop to rest at a giant cactus. It is their hotel in the desert!

Many different animals live in the cactus hotel. It protects them; and they protect it, by eating the pests that could harm the cactus.

The cactus grows larger and larger and will live for about two hundred years. When one animal moves out, another moves in. There is never a vacancy in the cactus hotel.

This story--about a desert, a giant cactus, and the animals who live in it--is one that even the youngest child will understand and enjoy.

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"A fascinating look at the life cycle of the giant saguaro cactus and its place in the desert ecosystem."--Booklist

"Guiberson weaves an amazingly large range of facts into this simple story of a fragile ecosystem."--Publishers Weekly

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written by Brenda Z. Guiberson; illustrated by Megan Lloyd

Brenda Z. Guiberson has written many books for children, including Spoonbill Swamp, Moon Bear and Disasters. As a child, Brenda never thought she wanted to be a writer—her dreams tended more toward jungle explorer. She graduated from the University of Washington with degrees in English and Fine Art. She started thinking about writing for children when her son went to elementary school, and she volunteered in his class and in the school library. After taking exciting trips that involved a fifty-foot cactus, hungry alligators and sunset-colored spoonbills, she wanted to create books for children that would be like a field trip. Her books are full of well-researched detail, and Brenda sees this research as an adventure—one that allows her to be a jungle explorer at last. She lives in Seattle, Washington. Megan Lloyd read the manuscript for Cactus Hotel and went to the Saguaro National Monument in Arizona herself. "I like to see what I am going to illustrate rather than make it up," she says. Ms. Lloyd is the illustrator of many picture books, including Brenda Z. Guiberson's Spoonbill Swamp. She lives in Pennsylvania.

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Cactus Hotel
written by Brenda Z. Guiberson; illustrated by Megan Lloyd

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American Library Association Notable Children's Books, Parents' Choice Award Winner, IRA Teachers' Choices, National Science Teacher's Association-CBC, Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children, NCTE Notable Child. Bks in Lang. A

Hardcover

Hardcover
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Henry Holt and Co.
May 1991
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780805013337
ISBN10: 0805013334
Picture Book
8 7/8 x 9 inches, 32 pages, Color illustrations
Age Range: 5 to 8
Grade Range: k to 3
$18.99

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Square Fish
October 1993
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780805029604
ISBN10: 0805029605
Picture Book
8 7/8 x 9 inches, 32 pages, Full-color illustrations throughout
Age Range: 5 to 8
Grade Range: k to 3
$7.99
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