Erin McLain

Ricky, the Saguaro & the Big Machines

Hardcover, Paperback



Ricky was excited. His parents were going to build a new home with a greenhouse. But when he saw the property, he was devastated. Right in the middle of the homesite was a beautiful saguaro. How could his parents even think of building here? Ricky’s father explained that they were going to relocate the saguaro into temporary storage and then put it back when construction was finished. Ricky was skeptical. He didn’t see how a plant so huge could be moved, but when he saw how carefully the cactus was bundled up, he knew everything would be okay.

Then he had a great idea. He would do his school project on saguaros and the desert community. His project was such a success that his teacher asked him to repeat it at the library.

When the saguaro was home again, Ricky’s mother asked why he was gazing at the property and looking so thoughtful. His answer delighted her.

About the Author

Erin Mary McLain graduated from the University of Arizona, she moved to a rural community on the edge of Arizona’s Fort Apache Reservation to fulfill her dream of community service through helping the less fortunate.

She only got to practice 21 months before her life was taken from her by a medical error after a tonsillectomy. Erin received many plaques for academic achievement. When she died, it was found that most of the boxes remained unopened. She hadn’t cared about awards. Her only goal had been to become the best pediatrician she could possibly be.

“If we have healthy children, we have healthy adults.”
Erin Mary McLain

About the Illustrator

Betsy Feinberg is a writer, artist, naturalist, and illustrator who lives in the Sonora Desert, where she communes with jackrabbits, lizards, and other desert creatures, when she’s not drawing animals at Tucson’s Reid Park Zoo.

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