An Arizona Number Book
Scorpions and Gila monsters, jackrabbits and coyotes, bats, butterflies and 14 varieties of hummingbirds are just a few examples of the diverse wildlife population of Arizona. While 25 percent of Arizona is blanketed by lush forests, it is also the only state where four deserts are found. Its varied terrain includes vast plateaus, deep caves and caverns, steep canyons and lofty mountains -- even volcanoes. Desert Digits guides children through the wonders of Arizona, where they can pan for gold, shoot the rapids on the Colorado River and camp in the Grand Canyon. They will also learn about Native American art and traditions, how to avoid a scorpion sting, how tall cacti grow, and the right way to make and eat a tortilla.
- Grand Canyon Young Readers Award Finalist: Children's Choice Award Non-Fiction Category
Author: Barbara Gowan
Barbara Gowan, a former park naturalist, is a Sales Director for Discovery Toys. The University of Notre Dame graduate also educates parents on children's literacy. Barbara lives in Scottsdale with her husband and two teenage daughters, where she shares her yard with a covey of quail, a family of javelina, wandering coyotes and an occasional rattlesnake.
Illustrator: Irving Toddy
Irving Toddy, along with his wife and six children call Arizona their home. He is the oldest son of famed Navajo painter, Beatien Yazz. Irving graduated from Utah State University, where he studied painting and illustration. His work is held in collections by both private and institutional collectors, and sold in galleries across the Southwest. He has also illustrated numerous children's books, book covers, and articles for children's magazines. Irving was awarded the "Best in Show" prize at the 64th Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial in Gallup, New Mexico.