Desert Giant: The World of the Saguaro Cactus (Tree Tales)

Written and Illustrated by Barbara Bash

A venerable saguaro cactus stands like a statue in the hot desert landscape, its arm-like branches reaching fifty feet into the air. From a distance it appears to be completely still and solitary--but appearances can be deceptive. In fact, this giant tree of the desert is alive with activity. Its spiny trunk and branches are home to a surprising number of animals, and its flowers and fruit feed many desert dwellers.

Gila woodpeckers and miniature elf owls make their homes inside the saguaro's trunk. Long-nosed bats and fluttering white doves drink the nectar from its showy white flowers. People also play a role in the saguaro's story: each year the Tohono O'odham Indians gather its sweet fruit in a centuries-old harvest ritual.

Age Range 6 - 10 years
Copyright Year
Page Count
Sierra Club Books for Children
Grade Level 1st - 5th
Lexile 980L