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Watch the vulture bask in the morning sun, the roadrunner kick up a cloud of dust, the javelina wallow, and the bobcat give her cub a licking with a rough tongue in Desert Baths. As the sun travels across the sky, learn how twelve different desert animals face the difficulties of staying clean in a dry and parched land. Explore the desert habitat through its animals and their habits of hygiene. Told in lyrical prose, this story is a celebration of the desert lands of the ...

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Overview

Watch the vulture bask in the morning sun, the roadrunner kick up a cloud of dust, the javelina wallow, and the bobcat give her cub a licking with a rough tongue in Desert Baths. As the sun travels across the sky, learn how twelve different desert animals face the difficulties of staying clean in a dry and parched land. Explore the desert habitat through its animals and their habits of hygiene. Told in lyrical prose, this story is a celebration of the desert lands of the American Southwest.

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Throughout a day and night, a dozen U.S. desert animals demonstrate that not all animals use water to bathe. This intriguing combination of biology and earth science follows the model of Prairie Storms (2011), by the same pair. Here, while a short text describes an animal's behavior, the illustrations also reveal the time of day. From the turkey vulture's early-morning sun bath to the bobcat kitten's tongue-wash late at night, each creature is shown in its natural habitat in Rietz's realistic paintings, done with a mix of watercolor and digital effects. As in the previous title, these double-page spreads are framed with unlabeled but relevant border designs. Six pages of backmatter include "fun facts," an adaptations matching game, a U.S. map, further information about animal cleaning methods and telling time by the sun's position, and instructions for making a sundial, but no index. The creatures described are fascinating, but the text lacks an explanatory, unifying introduction or conclusion. It is only through careful reading of the backmatter that readers will discover the point of the text--the variety of ways animals get rid of dirt, germs, bugs and parasites--or the orientation of the illustrations (looking north) that demonstrates the time of day. A useful classroom teaching tool; it is also available in Spanish. (Informational picture book. 5-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607185345
  • Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/10/2012
  • Language: Spanish
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD870L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Posted December 28, 2012

    Everyone knows that it seldom rains in the desert and is very dr

    Everyone knows that it seldom rains in the desert and is very dry there, so how do animals in the desert take baths to get rid of dirt, germs, bugs, and parasites? Author Darcy Pattison covers a day in the life of the American southwest desert to explain how a turkey vulture, an Anna’s hummingbird, a desert tortoise, a roadrunner, a mule deer, a diamondback rattler, a scaled quail, a western banded gecko, a javalina, a pallid bat, a coyote, and a bobcat, all get baths, along with other interesting bits of information about each of these creatures. Can you guess which of them takes a sunbath, a dew bath, a dust bath, a tongue bath, a grass bath, a spit bath, a mud bath, and even an ant bath?

    As the sun rises, travels across the sky, and sets, young readers can learn how these twelve different desert animals deal with the problem of trying to stay clean in a parched land. The full-color, realistic pictures by illustrator Kathleen Rietz will help them to explore the desert habitat through its animals and their habits of hygiene. The book can be read either at home or in the classroom. Also the six pages of “For Creative Minds” activities in the back of the book, including exercises on deserts in North America and telling time, and the additional free activities found online at the publisher’s website can be used by parents or teachers to combine fun with learning. By the way, do you know what a javalina is? If not, you can find out by reading Desert Baths.

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  • Posted November 22, 2012

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    How do animals keep clean with no water?

    The sun is just coming up and spreading its light over the desert landscape. As the sun rises, a turkey vulture spreads his wings and enjoys a sunbath. It's his way of warming up in the early morning. All across the desert, different animals use different methods to survive and clean themselves in the harsh, dry landscape. In Desert Baths, we meet twelve desert dwellers and see how they stay clean within this dusty land. In the early morning an Anna's hummingbird preens and uses the dew to clean her feathers while a mule deer doe grooms her two fawns. A big desert tortoise slowly moves out of his burrow to see if there might be a late morning shower. With no clouds in the sky, it looks like the tortoise will have to wait for another day. As the day goes on, we meet other animals such as a diamondback rattler who sheds his skin to keep clean and grow. Soon the sun crosses the sky and dips down below the horizon. It's night now and there are other animals who use the safety of the dark to come out and clean themselves. Before the javelina starts to forage, he finds a nice muddy spot and rolls in the cool, thick mud. Now he feels clean and ready to search for food. Desert Baths is an excellent introduction to the world of desert animals and what they must do to stay clean and healthy. There are twelve different animals featured in this book that children will enjoy meeting. Chances are, young readers have never considered what animals must do to stay clean in a land where water is a rare commodity. The story, along with the educational material in the back of the text for added discussions, will bring the struggles of desert animals to life for the emerging reader. Quill says: An excellent book to educate young readers on the daily habits of desert dwellers.

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