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Children's LiteratureA first-hand look for early learners into the fascinating life of desert animals and in particular, the armadillo. This book describes the armadillos' habitat, life style and how their uniquely styled body helps them survive in the wild. This series with its clear, accurate nonfiction content, gives children useful background information and an overall appreciation of nature. Beautiful full color photographs and interesting facts guide children through these excellent science texts. Each book focuses on a different animal and introduces young readers to new words that encourage vocabulary building. The series features a table of contents, an index/word list, and a glossary along with suggested internet sites for further research. The series integrates science and social studies by promoting map skills through the use of simple maps to indicate the location of the deserts where the animals live. Well-spaced, appropriately sized print enables emerging readers to differentiate the words. This text would be a solid addition to any classroom nonfiction library. 2004, Capstone Press, Ages 4 to 7.