Looking Closely Across the Desert
Kids Can, 2008 (2008)
Reviewed by Deb Kincaid
ooking Closely across the Desert
is a well-written, exquisitely photographed book by teacher-photographer Frank Serafini. The author piques the child's interest with provocative questions ('
What do you see? A pincushion? Monster skin? What could it be?
e follows with a corresponding peephole page giving a glimpse of the surprise to come, and then, once the page is turned, reveals the accurate name and interesting facts about the
Prickly Pear Cactus
, for instance. On the facing page, a breathtaking, up-close photo reveals details often overlooked. Serafini does the same with eight other wonders of nature in this particular book of the
rank Serafini, whose background is literacy education and children's literacy especially, is a university professor. He is also an accomplished photographer whose skills are well demonstrated in this
series. Others of the series he's authored are:
Looking Closely along the Shore
Looking Closely through the Forest
Looking Closely inside the Garden
ids Can Press, publisher of children's and young adult books, produces award winning books designed to foster a love of reading. What sets Kids Can Press apart is their expertise in inspiring social and environmental consciousness in a joyful way, at a level young kids can understand. Serafini's
books are one such series children ages 4-8 will surely enjoy.
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