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MacQuitty, Miranda.
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Publication Information:
New York : Dorling Kindersley Pub., 2000.
Physical Description:
64 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 7.7 1.0 17217.


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Clarence Library GF55 .M33 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Full-color photos. Examine the forces that form deserts and discover the amazing variety of life in these seemingly desolate lands, from frogs that hibernate for years to Bedouins who can tell direction just by feeling stones on the ground.  

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-8-An attractive title that features photographs and drawings of flora and fauna, mainly of the deserts of northern Africa and the Middle East. Examples from the American Southwest and Australia are included, but not Arctic, Antarctic, or high-elevation regions. Brief explanatory paragraphs accompany the illustrations, which average five to a page, but they are in small type. The information is limited, but what is here-with its emphasis on camels and clothing and artifacts of Arabian people-is interesting and generally well presented. A browser's delight.-George Gleason, Department of English, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

What is a desert?p. 6
What is a desert made of?p. 8
Rocky desertsp. 10
Seas of sandp. 12
Water in the desertp. 14
After the rainsp. 16
How plants survive in the desertp. 18
Insectsp. 22
Reptilesp. 26
Birdsp. 30
Mammalsp. 32
Adapting to desert lifep. 36
Ship of the desertp. 38
Camel regaliap. 40
Domesticated animalsp. 42
Dwellingsp. 44
Food and drinkp. 46
Men's costumep. 48
Women's costumep. 52
Desert bridesp. 54
Jewelryp. 56
Spinning and weavingp. 58
Arts and craftsp. 60
Exploring the desertp. 62
Indexp. 64

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