Saguaro: The Desert Giant (Paperback)

Saguaro: The Desert Giant By Susan Lowell, Anna Humphreys Cover Image
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Ask a Child to draw a picture of a cactus, and the result will probably look like a saguaro. Indeed, mass media have made this denizen of the Sonoran Desert universally recognizable, and perhaps just as misunderstood. In Saguaro: The Desert Giant, Anna Humphreys and Susan Lowell share true stories about this amazing, anthropomorphic cactus that are at least as intriguing as the folklore. A saguaro can grow to be a towering fifty feet or more and live for as long as two centuries. During rainy seasons, a large saguaro can soak up literally hundreds of gallons of water in its expandable, accordion-folded trunk and arms. For uncounted generations, the Tohono O'odham people in Arizona have harvested the sweet saguaro fruits to make syrup and wine.Profusely illustrated with contemporary and historic photographs and other artwork, Saguaro: The Desert Giant celebrates this iconic cactus while arguing that the need to preserve its critical Sonoran Desert habitat is more pressing now than ever.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781887896306
ISBN-10: 1887896309
Publisher: Rio Nuevo Publishers
Publication Date: April 1st, 2002
Pages: 64
Language: English