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I Wonder Why the Sahara is Cold at Night and Other Questions about Deserts

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Overview

Children love asking questions. The answers to all those questions about the desert, such as "Who ate ants?", "How do plants survive in the desert?", and "Where do cars race across the desert?& are answered in this fabulous book.

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  • I Wonder Why Series
    I Wonder Why Series  

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Children's Literature

Information about the many forms of wildlife in the area is sure to hold the interest of young readers curious about animals.

Children's Literature
This innovative non-fiction book is designed around 31 questions that children might ask about the Sahara desert; these questions range from "Which desert lizards are poisonous?" to "Why are deserts sandy?" While most of the information discusses the natural phenomena and animals native to the region, questions about the people and their culture are also included. For example, children can learn about what the nomadic people of the desert eat, sand painting, and the kinds of houses in which people in the Sahara live. Because the illustrations cover entire portions of the pages, the information-heavy text is given in small, manageable chunks. The use of a large font-size helps the information to have a friendlier feel for young readers. Information about the many forms of wildlife in the area is sure to hold the interest of young readers curious about animals. 2002, Kingfisher, Ages 4 to 8.
—Angie Rogers
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780753457641
  • Publisher: Kingfisher
  • Publication date: 6/10/2004
  • Series: I Wonder Why Series
  • Edition description: Ages 5-8
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Jackie Gaff has over 20 years' experience in illustrated books for children. Previously a nonfiction editor, she is now a full-time author with a real commitment to, and enthusiasm for, creating books that children both want and are able to read. Gaff is also the author of three other I Wonder Why books: I Wonder Why Fish Grew Legs, I Wonder Why Mountains Have Snow on Top, and I Wonder Why the Sahara Is Cold at Night.

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Table of Contents

What is a desert? 4
Are all deserts hot? 4
Are all deserts sandy? 5
Where is the world's biggest desert? 6
Why are deserts sandy? 8
How high are the tallest sand dunes? 8
Where can you find mushroom-shaped rocks? 9
What is an oasis? 10
When is there water in a wadi? 11
How does sunlight trick desert travelers? 11
How do plants survive in deserts? 12
Why are cactuses prickly? 12
When does the desert burst into bloom? 13
How long can a camel last without water? 14
Which desert animals never drink? 15
Can toads live in the desert? 15
How do desert foxes keep their cool? 16
Which animal has its own parasol? 16
Why do desert animals love the dark? 17
How do rattlesnakes kill their prey? 18
Which desert lizards are poisonous? 18
Why do scorpions have a stinger in their tail? 19
How do people live in the desert? 20
What do nomadic people find to eat? 20
Who ate ants? 21
Why do desert people build mud houses? 22
Are there towns in the desert? 22
What is a yurt? 23
Where do people paint with sand? 23
Why did Australian explorers import camels? 24
Who made it across the Sahara in an ultralight? 24
Which desert explorer carried water in his boots? 25
Where do cars race across the desert? 26
Why are space rovers tested in the desert? 26
Which is the world's hardest foot race? 27
Is there treasure in the desert? 28
What is black gold? 28
How can deserts give us clean energy? 29
Did grass ever grow in the Sahara Desert? 30
What turns green fields into desert? 30
Can deserts be changed into green fields? 31
Index 32
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