by Rico Austin     illustrated by Cindy Work

      “ARIZONA IS WHERE I LIVE” is a masterful and learning display of the Sonoran Desert, the mountains, the lakes, the Grand Canyon and of the animals that make Arizona one of the most unique and interesting states in the Union.  The illustrations bring out the beauty of Arizona as displayed by the artistic drawing of pictures and the delicate coloring of pastel colors by Arizona illustrator and artist, Ms. Cindy Work.  This Children’s book is fun and educational for the youngest readers with a slight touch of poetry that will amuse the older kids such as Mon, Dad, Grandpa and Grandma when reading aloud to their precious brood.  I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I enjoyed writing, ARIZONA IS WHERE I LIVE.”- Rico Austin

      Rico Austin, an award winning Arizona author has written fiction novels, biographies, memoirs and now has taken his love of the desert beauty, the animals of Arizona, the majestic Grand Canyon and turned it into an educational and fun Children’s book.  Rico was born and raised in Southwest Idaho, is the eldest of five boys.  He grew up in an area that was ripe with endless adventures for him, his younger brothers and numerous cousins.  His love of storytelling is infectious.  Rico’s love of reading, exploring and traveling allured him to many parts of the globe including Vilnius, Lithuania where he taught English; Stoke-on-Trent in the United Kingdom where he studied and played American Football for the Staffordshire Stallions; Mexico to study Spanish, enjoy culture and fish the open sea.  Rico has undergraduate degrees from the Universities of Boise State (played for the BSU Broncos), Grand Canyon, Staffordshire and a Master’s Degree from Thunderbird School for Global Management (T-Bird).  He and his wife have lived in Scottsdale, Az for over two decades; they spend their free time along the coast of the Sea of cortez in San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico. 


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