Here Is the Southwestern Desert

Luminous artwork and with lyrical prose reveal the interconnectedness of animals and plants in the southwestern desert.

Author: Madeleine Dunphy
Illustrator: Anne Coe
Format: Paperback
Pages: 32
Ages: 3-8
Grade Levels: Pre K - 3
Paperback ISBN: 978-0977379569
Price: $11.95
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“Using a repetitive cumulative structure, this book excels in demonstrating the interconnectedness of the various species that inhabit the Sonoran Desert.”— Horn Book

Information on the Sonoran desert is presented in a cumulative fashion a la The House That Jack Built, e.g., “Here Is the lizard/who is spied by the hawk/that perches on the cactus/that is covered with spines. . . . ” The book is beautifully designed . . . saturated with dazzling desert light.”— School Library Journal

Here Is the Southwestern Desert is a cheerful introduction to a desert theme, or to any ecological study.” — Teaching K-8

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Madeleine Dunphy

Madeleine Dunphy has studied and visited many of the world’s ecosystems, and was inspired to write books about our world’s great diversity of life. Her books have been published by Hyperion Books for Children, Millbrook Press, and her own publishing company, Web of Life Children’s Books—a publishing company devoted to publishing picture books about the environment. Madeleine is also a teacher, activist and mother. She lives in Oakland, California. For more information about Madeleine, her books, and her school presentations visit


Anne Coe

Anne Coe lives in the Sonoran Desert, where she need only look out her window to see scenes like those portrayed in Here Is the Southwestern Desert. Anne’s work is part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and has been exhibited in shows throughout the United States and Latin America. She teaches painting and drawing at Central Arizona College. For more information visit