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Death Valley : a day in the desert
Levinson, Nancy Smiler.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Holiday House, 2001.
Physical Description:
29 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Describes the desert habitat of Death Valley and the plants and animals that live there.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.2 0.5 46457.
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Describes the desert habitat of Death Valley and the plants and animals that live there.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 2^-3. Ground so hot it can melt sneakers. That's just one of the descriptions Levinson uses to discuss Death Valley. Short sentences introduce desert flora and fauna, and describe how animals make a home in such an inhospitable place. Dawson's accompanying artwork is particularly good. The animals are endearing without being cute, and the natural beauty of the desert comes alive in shades of gold and brown that mellow into the purple-blues of night. A two-page spread shows silhouettes of the animals, and there is a page of desert facts. A very nice presentation. --Ilene Cooper

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-2-An uninspired "Level 2" reader about desert life that reads like a dry encyclopedia entry. Levinson begins with a tangential, and confusing, reference to polar deserts before presenting shotgun descriptions of the various indigenous flora and fauna that populate California's famously inhospitable desert. Leading questions are answered with a fact or two. An appendix includes silhouette identifications of some of Hearn's cutesy pastoral colored-pencil images. Individual plants and animals are labeled throughout but the type is too small and too often blends in with the pictures. Elsa Posell's Deserts (Children's, 1982; o.p.) is a much better introduction to this topic.-John Sigwald, Unger Memorial Library, Plainview, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.