Cactus Desert

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It’s a sun-scorched world where clouds rarely come and nothing seems to move. That is, until children ages 6 - 9 up look a little closer to find tortoises, toads, and lizards, not to mention the scary rattlesnake and scorpion. Here, plants send their roots deep into the earth to find water, beetles stand on their head and shoot a stinky spray to fight off enemies, and roadrunners whiz by sleepy turtles and nervous desert mice on their way to ... where? Kids need only light clothes and a few simple pieces of ...
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Overview

It’s a sun-scorched world where clouds rarely come and nothing seems to move. That is, until children ages 6 - 9 up look a little closer to find tortoises, toads, and lizards, not to mention the scary rattlesnake and scorpion. Here, plants send their roots deep into the earth to find water, beetles stand on their head and shoot a stinky spray to fight off enemies, and roadrunners whiz by sleepy turtles and nervous desert mice on their way to ... where? Kids need only light clothes and a few simple pieces of equipment to explore the enchantments of cactus country.
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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: 224,608
  • 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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