Cactus Desert

Paperback | September 22, 1997

byDonald Silver, Patricia Wynne

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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 equipment to explore the enchantments of cactus country.

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With the sun blazing down from a cloudless sky, one would think nothing could survive in the harsh desert. But many organisms actually thrive--from scorpions and rattlesnakes to beetles and spiders. It's not the easiest life on the baking earth, but it's so fascinating to visit the desert--one small square at a time. Full color.

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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 stink...

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``The combination of humorous, scientifically grounded text with detailed, realistic drawings will pique the interest of armchair naturalists and active explorers alike.''--Publishers Weekly. You'll want to try to keep cool in cactus country because the desert gets hot--whew!--really hot. With the sun blazing down from a cloudless sky,...

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 illust...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:48 pages, 9 × 9 × 0.14 inPublished:September 22, 1997Publisher:McGraw-Hill Education

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0070579342

ISBN - 13:9780070579347

Appropriate for ages: 6 - 9

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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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With the sun blazing down from a cloudless sky, one would think nothing could survive in the harsh desert. But many organisms actually thrive--from scorpions and rattlesnakes to beetles and spiders. It's not the easiest life on the baking earth, but it's so fascinating to visit the desert--one small square at a time. Full color.