March 31, 2014

Alejandro's Gift by Richard E. Albert



"Alejandro, a man in his 60s, lives in a small adobe house beside an isolated desert road. His only companion is a burro. To ease his loneliness, he tends to his garden. One day, a ground squirrel approaches the garden to drink from its furrows, followed by wood rats, pocket gophers, jackrabbits, kangaroo rats, pocket mice, roadrunners, gila woodpeckers, and thrashers. Time passes more quickly, and Alejandro enjoys his new companions. However, he soon realizes that they come to him for water, not for company, and sets out to dig a water hole for them. Albert's simple and poetic text evokes the silence and emptiness in Alejandro's life. He grows to understand his interdependence with the land and its creatures as he lives among them. Long's rich, detailed, and realistically rendered pictures provide the perfect visual setting to an already memorable tale. The colorfully illustrated glossary of flora and fauna is informative. An ideal book to develop in readers an appreciation for the beauty of the desert and its inhabitants."
Graciela Italiano, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
School Library Journal



Chihuahuan Desert: A small area of southeastern New Mexico and extreme western Texas, extending south into a vast area of Mexico.

Great Basin Desert: The northern three-quarters of Nevada, western and southern Utah, to the southern third of Idaho and the southeastern corner of Oregon. According to some, it also includes small portions of western Colorado and southwestern Wyoming. Bordered on the south by the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts.

Mojave Desert: A portion of southern Nevada, extreme southwestern Utah and of eastern California, north of the Sonoran Desert.

Sonoran Desert: A relatively small region of extreme south-central California and most of the southern half of Arizona, east to almost the New Mexico line.


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The Sonoran desert is one of the largest deserts in North America, and is home to more life forms than any other desert. Located primarily in Arizona, the desert is also home to two of the state's largest cities and the Tohono O'Odham Indian tribe.


Reading Rainbow - Season 13, Episode 113... by Deon_Flood




Social Studies Lesson Plan: Desert
Vocabulary Power Point
Cause and Effect Test Tutor
Readig Skills Rocket
Social Studies Skills Tutor - Cause and Efect
Learn and Practice Cause and Effect
Stealing Home
Cause and Effect Lesson
What Caused It?
Meet the Author
Building Background
Go for the Grammar Gold: Action Verbs and Be Verbs
Grammar Practice Park - Fantastic Flight
Proof Reading Practice
Backyard Animals
Comprehension Quiz
Red Binder Pages
Reading Rainbow Language Arts Teacher's Guide
Reading Rainbow Science Teacher's Guide
List of Children's Books Based on the Environment
Theme 4 Alejandro's Gift and The Living Desert
Comprehension Handout
Power Point for Open Court
Vocabulary Flash Cards
ELL Pages
Extra Support Pages
Practice Book Pages
Speling Pages
Comprehension Questions with Cause and Effect Activity
Writing Prompt
Lesson Plans



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