The Night Flower is an ode to the saguaro, an incredible cactus native to desert regions in North America and Mexico.
Featuring a quirky, modern style of illustrations accompanied by rhyming couplets, this book charts a saguaro-centred day in the desert. The story begins as the sun rises and follows a full day and night.
What really stands out in this book is the portrayal of the vibrancy of desert life. The illustrations feature a wide range of birds, insects and other creatures, all of which are referred to in a double page post spread at the end of the book. These images are well complimented by the lyrical writing which unobtrusively ties a narrative across the pages.
This book would be a brilliant infant class read, and could act as an inspiring hook for a topic on deserts. It is well worth taking a further look at the saguaro for its own sake – a fascinating plant which is certainly worthy of such a beautiful picturebook.
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