Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Who Needs a Desert?

Karen Patkau's Who Needs a Desert? is a basic introduction to desert ecosystems.  Double-page digitally-rendered illustrations feature desert plants and animals with text that will encourage readers to find the one described.  The best ones are those in the section on "Living in the Desert" which move through a day from early morning to late at night.  A little more information is provided about each plant and animal in four pages near the end of the book.  This section would have been better with larger illustrations, perhaps paired with actual photographs.  The glossary on the final page is a plus.  This is one of six books in the author's Ecosystems series.

© Amanda Pape - 2014

[Who Needs a Desert? is available on the lower level of the Dick Smith Library in the Curriculum Collection, call number EDUC QH541.5 .D4 P377 2014.]

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