Destination Desert: Biome Explorers
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Footsteps in the Forest
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“A colorful, useful addition to primary-grade biome units.”
“Although many people think of deserts simply as areas of sand and very hot temperatures, Perdew and Cornell make it clear that they are an important part of our planet’s unique make-up. … This book is part of a series introducing readers to the various biomes. In its pages, the authors strive to help readers understand how deserts are necessary for life and must be maintained.”
Praise for other books in the Picture Book Science series
School Library Journal- June 2020
K-Gr 3–Perdew captures readers’ interest right away, starting with the title. Throughout the text, fascinating bird adaptations are highlighted, including special body features, unique mating rituals, and other seemingly bizarre behaviors. The bird world favorites are covered (owls, penguins, hummingbirds), but some unusual species make appearances as well. The book’s layout includes beautiful illustrations of the birds in action and at rest. The artwork portrays other animals that could be found in some of the birds’ habitats. An activity page in the back, a glossary, and a connection page that mentions other facts are included. On these appendix pages, readers can see photographs of the birds spotlighted in the book. VERDICT A cool science title for younger readers to learn about bird adaptation. Educators can use this text in the classroom; many STEAM lessons could be inspired by these funky adaptations.
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Detailed Book Description
Slather on the sunscreen and get ready to journey to the desert biomes of the world in this nonfiction picture book!
In Destination Desert: Biome Explorers, kid scientists make the trek to four different types of deserts around the world—a hot and dry desert, a semi-arid desert, a coastal desert, and a cold desert. In each place, explorers discover the adaptations plants and animals such as cacti, shrubs, camels, ibex, and lizards have made to survive in these dry places! Plus, find out what humans can do to keep deserts from taking over too much of the land.
Scientifically accurate illustrations, fascinating facts, and a hands-on activity are all part of the opportunity for deeper learning about biomes. An introductory poem and glossary encourage language arts connections. Perfect as a real aloud or for beginning readers.