Living and Nonliving in the Desert

Living and Nonliving in the Desert

by Rebecca Rissman
     
 

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How can you tell if something is living or nonliving in the desert? Children reading this book explore a stunning desert habitat while learning how to tell the difference between living and nonliving things, such as rocks, cactuses, and lizards. Headers in the form of questions help guide the reader as they learn the properties of living and nonliving things.

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How can you tell if something is living or nonliving in the desert? Children reading this book explore a stunning desert habitat while learning how to tell the difference between living and nonliving things, such as rocks, cactuses, and lizards. Headers in the form of questions help guide the reader as they learn the properties of living and nonliving things.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
11/01/2013
K-Gr 2—These repetitious books do little to tie information to particular habitats. After a brief definition (e.g., "A mountain is a rocky, tall landform"), the texts contrast living and nonliving things. Simple sentences assert that living things need food, water, air, and sunlight. They grow, change, and move on their own. Nonliving things do not. After applying these characteristics to six examples, the books challenge readers to categorize a seventh item. Five volumes include a rock as a nonliving example, and Mountains asks readers to identify if a rock is living or not. Instead of naming habitat-specific animals, the titles mention "a bird" or "a lizard." Each brief picture glossary repeats again "living" and "nonliving" and defines "sunlight" as "light from the sun." Insistence on sunlight as a requirement for living is inaccurate. Carol K. Lindeen's Living and Nonliving (Capstone, 2008) covers essential concepts in a single volume.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781410953872
Publisher:
Heinemann-Raintree
Publication date:
07/01/2013
Series:
Is It Living or Nonliving? Series
Pages:
24
Sales rank:
613,957
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.80(d)
Lexile:
380L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Rebecca Rissman is an award-winning children’s author and editor. Her writing has been praised by School Library Journal, Booklist, Creative Child Magazine, and Learning Magazine. She has written more than 200 books about history, culture, science, and art. She lives in Chicago, Illinois with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys yoga, reading, and cooking.

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