If you need to calm down the food-frenzied crowd, I highly recommend Frank Asch's intriguing Cactus Poems (ages 5-9). Asch's poems about desert flora and fauna, including bobcats, coyotes, "Lizards in Love," and rattlesnakes are accompanied by breathtaking photography by Ted Levin, whose nature photographs and articles have appeared in National Geographic Traveler and Audubon. Levin also wrote informative nature notes at the end of the book.

Reviewed by Alice Cary.

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