Desert Habitat

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Children's Literature - Joyce Rice
A habitat is a place in nature that provides food, shelter, and water for the animals and plants that live there. Deserts, although hot and dry, still support a number of animals and plants. This text discusses the animals and plants that make their home in the Sonoran dessert. A cactus is a prickly plant that does not need much water to grow. It can survive in the desert because it stores water in its stem. In much the same way, a camel can live in a desert because it stores water in its hump. Some animals, like the kangaroo rat, choose to make their home in a burrow underground. This helps them to escape the hot surface of the desert. Like the bear, who hibernates in the forest in winter, the desert tortoise sleeps through the summer. A single page index includes additional photographs and references to vocabulary words that have been in bold type. The series, "Introducing Habitats," includes twelve titles. This is an excellent series for science classrooms as well as media center collections. The text is simple, and the illustrations are bright and colorful. Young readers will be drawn to the book for its photographs and will be able to read most of the text without assistance.
School Library Journal

Gr 2-4
These simplistic works aim to introduce students to specific habitats and to the animals and plants inhabiting them. The texts are nearly identical, with only the names of the creatures and the illustrations differentiating the areas discussed. The tables of contents are virtually interchangeable, and the topics discussed include weather, food, warmth, and homes. In Desert , an additional chapter, "Night Life," states that coyotes can smell in the dark. The indexes are close to unusable, and some of the words in the texts are in bold for no apparent reason. The color illustrations-some photographs, some drawings-are quite good, but there are no maps to show the places discussed. Marginal purchases.
—Eva Elisabeth VonAnckenCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778729785
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 11/28/2006
  • Series: Introducing Habitats
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 405,547
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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