Cactus Desert

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''The combination of humorous, scientifically grounded text with detailed, realistic drawings will pique the interest of armchair naturalists and active explorers alike.''—Publishers Weekly. You'll want to try to keep cool in cactus country because the desert gets hot—whew!—really hot. With the sun blazing down from a cloudless sky, you'd think nothing could survive. But watch out, a rattlesnake, scorpion, or tarantula might be near. And beware a little beetle that shoots a foul-smelling spray—while it stands on its head! At any moment, a

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''The combination of humorous, scientifically grounded text with detailed, realistic drawings will pique the interest of armchair naturalists and active explorers alike.''—Publishers Weekly. You'll want to try to keep cool in cactus country because the desert gets hot—whew!—really hot. With the sun blazing down from a cloudless sky, you'd think nothing could survive. But watch out, a rattlesnake, scorpion, or tarantula might be near. And beware a little beetle that shoots a foul-smelling spray—while it stands on its head! At any moment, a roadrunner might whiz by, a lizard might pop up, or a tortoise might stick out its head. And always, silently, the yucca and mesquite spread their thirsty roots to find a drink of water. It's not the easiest life on the baking earth, but it's so fascinating to visit the desert—one small square at a time. Cactus Desert is just one of the exciting, vibrantly illustrated volumes in the critically acclaimed One Small Square series of science and nature books for children ages 6 - 9. Each book includes: stunning full-color illustrations of each habitat and its creatures; motivating experiments and activities, along with clear, diagrammed instructions and safety tips; a picture field guide to the habitat; a glossary-index and resource list. One Small Square—an eye-opening series—puts the whole world in perspective for children, one small square at a time. Each book is a thrilling, up-close encounter with mammals, insects, plants, birds, fish, amphibians, bacteria, and the ecosystems in which they live. ''Science education at its best.''—Science Books and Films. ABOUT THE AUTHOR AND ILLUSTRATOR: Donald M. Silver is the author of more than 40 science books for children and teachers alike. In addition to the award-winning One Small Square series, he has written The Animal World, Why Save the Rain Forest?, Extinction is Forever, and The Dinosaur Activity Book—all illustrated by Patricia J. Wynne. Patricia J. Wynne's illustrations have also appeared in Scientific American, Natural History, and The New York Times as well as in the highly praised books Hungry, Hungry Sharks, and The Human Body. Both the author and illustrator live in New York City.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
Each of the books in the "One Small Square" series closely examine life in a 8 by 8 foot square selected from a unique ecosystem. As with others in the series, Cactus Desert clearly explains the natural cycles influencing life in the square; in this case, the major influence is water or the lack thereof. The flora and fauna are depicted in detailed, colorful illustrations. Sidebars suggest experiments to do at home in preparation for a visit to the Sonoran Desert.
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
Donald M. Silver's and artist Patricia J. Wynne's Cactus Desert spotlights a cubic square of desert space-its above- and below-ground prey, predators, and plants. Instructions for related activities-building a desert diorama, for example, an illustrated glossary of desert life and an index supplement the text.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780070579347
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/1997
  • Series: One Small Square Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 532,369
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald M. Silver is the author of more than 40 science books for children and teachers alike. In addition to the award-winning One Small Square series, he has written The Animal World, Why Save the Rain Forest?, Extinction Is Forever, and The Dinosaur Activity Book—all illustrated by Patricia J. Wynne.

Patricia J. Wynne’s illustrations have also appeared in Scientific American, Natural History, and The New York Times as well as in the highly praised books Hungry, Hungry Sharks, and The Human Body.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.One Small Square of a Cactus Desert.The Giant.Taking the Heat.Cool It.Surprise! Going...Going...Finders, Keepers.Dangers in the Night.Too Cool, Too Hot.Something New.Seize the Moment.In a Hurry.Double Trouble.Deserts of the World.

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