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The Redrock Canyon Explorer

by Irene Brady

A Nature Travel book, part of the Explorer Library

Spiral Bound $17.00 (list $19.95)
Perfect Bound $10.00 (list $15.95)

Here's a fascinating fact/fiction book for all ages, about canyon life of the Southwest. Illustrated with more than 280 drawings, you will see this redrock canyon from the viewpoint of the wildlife as they go about their everyday lives.

Beginning with a coyote carrying home dinner to its family, you trot down the canyon trail, watched by a mother vulture keeping her eggs warm in a nearby cave. One of the eggs is hatching, and you watch as the chick emerges....

Here's a peek at two facing pages (it's a PDF file -- 385KB)

The illustrated story reads like good fiction, following the lives of the mammals, birds, insects, reptiles and plants and their closely interconnected lives in a desert canyon. You'll experience a flash flood through the eyes of a desert cottontail and drink at the canyon potholes with a mule deer. Feed your owl chicks in an Ancient Puebloan dwelling, and protect your spider eggs in an old cracked Anasazi cooking pot.

You'll experience what an ordinary day is like for forty-three different creatures, from mourning dove and canyon wren to bighorn sheep and mountain lion, as well as such oddities as spadefoot toad, collared lizard, kangaroo rat and yucca moth.

Illustrations show everything from tracks and skulls and animal behavior to petrified sand dunes and dinosaur footprints. You'll find maps and the geology of all the popular parks and monuments; hiking and camping advice; and an entertaining, low-impact Things-To-Do section. A table of contents and an extensive index make it quick and easy to look things up.


Alfreda Ward Maloof
Take a look at another tale from the Southwest, Recollections from My Time in the Indian Service 1935-1943 / Maria Martinez Makes Pottery. Two stories in one book!
Irene Brady
Southern Swamp Explorer is another another book in the Explorer Library. Same format,but features a very different yet just as intriguing part of our country!