As children open the pages of this book, the first thing they'll notice is the brilliant, double-page illustrations. Combined with Barbara Bash's clear and informative text, this remarkable artwork takes young readers into the Arizona Sonoran Desert to discover the mysterious desert giant, the saguaro cactus, and its environment. In addition to explaining the saguaro cactus's life cycle — including how it helps the desert environment by releasing oxygen, providing shade, and sheltering tiny animals — the author also introduces such creatures as stealthy bobcats, Gila monsters, and javelina pigs that depend on the desert environment to survive, and provides a short and accessible description of each. Excellent techniques such as simple and clear diagrams and onomatopoeias are used to highlight important points about the saguaro cactus and the desert and help readers fully understand the text. This attractively presented book is a useful tool for opening discussions and activities about the amazing world of the desert.