Children's Literature - Jean BoreenThis text is part of a series "The Habitats of Baby Animals" specifically focused on introducing early readers to geographic regions through the use of baby animals, something most young children will respond to with enthusiasm. This particular text, with its focus on desert habitats, contains ten sensibly-organized chapters that begin with a definition of a habitat and then moves into more and more detail as it focuses on what lives in a desert habitat and how different, for example, the Sahara Desert is from the desert that is most of the continent of Antarctica. The book then moves into a consideration of specific desert animalsfurther categorized by the place in which their desert is foundand the care given by mothers or fathers depending upon the type of animal. Final sections show how desert animal bodies have modified over time in comparison to their non-desert cousins; cute pictures of a baby jackrabbit, bat-eared fox, and kit foxes will be an instant draw. Final sections offer a specific look at the Sonoran Desert and its animals and a desert food chain (I can't help but think, though, that children will be a little concerned when they read that the baby rabbit will be eaten by a kit fox). Well-chosen photos support the intent of the author to pull young readers in through their enjoyment of baby animals. This book attempts to provide a broad informational baseline for young readers, and it succeeds. I was a little disappointed that there was no resource or "For more information" sections, but again, further research does not really seem to be the focus on this text. This is a good beginning series to help students understand basic concepts in each topic under study. Reviewer: Jean Boreen, Ph.D.
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