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I Wonder Why The Sahara Is Cold At Night: And Other Questions About Deserts    by Jackie Gaff order for
I Wonder Why The Sahara Is Cold At Night
by Jackie Gaff
Order:  USA  Can
Kingfisher, 2012 (2012)
Hardcover, Softcover
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

I like the format of this clever picture book which is designed around a series of questions. The 31 questions range from 'How do plants survive in the desert?' and 'Which desert animals never drink?' to 'Where do cars race across the desert?', 'Is there treasure in the desert?' and 'Where do people paint with sand?'

Each question is answered in a paragraph and accompanied by a color drawing. Look for the boxes on each page that feature cartoon drawings and additional information. For example, one box informs the reader that 'Nomadic people do not move on every day only when they need fresh supplies of water or food.' Other boxes explain that desert lizards store fat in their tails and that a saguaro cactus can reach 39 feet in height.

Containing all sorts of interesting material about desert life, this picture book is a good way of introducing a youngster to this arid part of our environment. If you are planning a trip through one of the deserts in North America, why not use this book as an introduction to some of the things you might encounter along the way.

Teachers will find this a handy way of introducing a unit on the desert too. Have the children make up their own questions before you begin the class study and see how many of them are addressed by this book.

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