Not many reptiles are considered cute, but the charming horned toad is irresistible and can be visited in its neighbourhood on the arid, wide-open spaces of the Southwest prairie. The toad's story is richly integrated with the culture, language, biology and natural history of their desert landscape and includes many facts mixed with delightful personification of each animal, from the brave horned lizard, Tuck, to the awkward Harris Hawk. The glossary of natural history terms, an appendix of South-western lore, and a map detailing habitats all enlarge on the text.
Joyce Gibson Roach has been a public school teacher and an adjunct professor of English at Texas Christian University specializing in the literature of the southwestern United States. She is the author of award-winning nonfiction and fiction about the American West, and is a three-time winner of the Spur Award from Western Writers of America. Charles Shaw was an illustrator of children's and young adult books, including Comanche Captive, Assault: The Crippled Champion, The King Ranch Racehorse, and Picking Peas for a Penny.