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A saguaro cactus
Green, Jen.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Crabtree Pub. Co., [1999]

Physical Description:
32 pages ; 26 cm.
Describes the various animals that live in and around the giant Saguaro cactus in the Sonoran Desert.
General Note:
Includes index.
Reading Level:
960 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.5 0.5 29919.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 3.5 3 Quiz: 19023.

Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
QK495.C11 G689 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area

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Different kinds of cactus provide food, moisture, and shelter to a wide variety of plants and animals. A Saguaro Cactus tells young readers what animals make their home high above, on the ground, and deep below the cacti of the Sonoran Desert in the United States and Mexico.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-Three carefully crafted books. A Dead Log presents the animals and plants that might be associated with a fallen log in a North American deciduous forest. A Saguaro Cactus introduces animals of the Sonoran Desert. Under a Stone highlights the creatures that live on a North American prairie. Each book is heavily illustrated with carefully selected, eye-catching, full-color photographs and a few explanatory drawings. The denizens of each ecosystem are well represented and some discussion of related plants and fungi is included as well. The interrelationships of life and the food web that make the ecosystem an integrated whole are highlighted. Insets providing "Fantastic Facts," captions to the illustrations, and an occasional longer inset further heighten interest without disrupting the flow of the narratives. The books conclude with instructions for simple and interesting ways to investigate habitats, with thoughtful injunctions for protecting the safety of both the individual and the organisms of the ecosystem. The terms in the glossaries seem somewhat arbitrary. For example, a mammal is defined, in part, as an animal that "suckles its young." However, more children are familiar with the concept of "mammal" than with "suckling." Nevertheless the books are well written and present a wide variety of information.- Stephanie Bianchi, National Science Foundation Library, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.