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Desiertos: Tierras secas
Desiertos: Tierras secas
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Desiertos: Tierras secas

(Deserts: Thirsty Wonderlands)

[English] How does a barrel cactus find enough water to grow in a desert? How do jackrabbits, snakes, and fringe-toed lizards beat the heat? Quench your thirst inside this book, and find out what makes deserts one of Earth’s treasures. [Spanish] ¿Cómo encuentra una biznaga suficiente agua para crecer en un desierto? ¿Cómo resisten el calor las liebres, las serpientes y las lagartijas? Calma tu sed en este libro. Descubrirás por qué el desierto es uno de los tesoros de la Tierra.

Reading LevelGrades K-4
Interest LevelGrades K-4
Lexile Level600L
AR Points3.8
AR Quiz #112805
PublisherPicture Window Books
Page Count24
Capstone Interactive eBook
List Price: $53.32 School/Library Price

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Reviews - Emilia Valerio, Children's Library, Denver Public Library, CO

"These titles succinctly and clearly explore the planet’s different ecosystems. Océanos gives a captivating overview of various marine life-forms, from familiar plants and animals to more obscure organisms in the ocean floor, sea currents, and the water cycle. Desiertos touches upon the different types of deserts worldwide as it provides interesting facts that will stir students’ curiosity, such as how cactus plants store water and how animals are able to live in such harsh environments. Selvas tropicales studies the amazing diversity of the world’s rainforests, their animals and plants, their colors and noises. The texts use many challenging words—such as ecosistema, invertebrados (invertebrates) and mamíferos (mammals)—but present the facts in a fun, engaging way. In all volumes, one page provides the facts and the opposite gives a “Dato curioso” (a bit of trivia) such as, “Did you know that most deserts are not actually hot but extremely cold?” The large, pastel-toned digital illustrations enhance the texts, and a world map shows where each ecosystem can be found. Recommended for school libraries, these titles will make a great addition to Spanish-language science curriculums." -

February 1, 2008

Laura Purdie Salas

Laura Purdie Salas

Laura Purdie Salas is the author of more than 100 books for kids and teens. Her work has received the Minnesota Book Award and other honors, including  Bank Street Best Books of the Year, and NCTE Notables. She and her husband live in Minnesota and have two monsters of their own, Maddie and Annabelle. When Laura's not reading or writing, she likes to dance, play games, and work with the Minnesota Brass drum corps (which involves a lot of Counting, following Patterns, and creating Shapes on the field). She tries to eat More vegetables and Less brownies, but that is hard! Learn more about Laura at

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