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The sun shines on the hot desert sand. Meanwhile, a small animal with lobster-like pincers and a long tail hides under some tree bark. After the sun sets and the air cools, the creature--an Arizona bark scorpion--leaves its hideout and starts to hunt for prey. Welcome to life in the desert! Young readers will learn all about the desert environment where the bark scorpion lives, as well as its physical characteristics, what it eats, and how it survives in its hot, dry home. Colorful photos and diagrams, clear text, age-appropriate activities, and critical-thinking questions will keep young readers turning the pages as they take a closer look at this intriguing desert dweller.

 
Interest Level Preschool - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
BISACS JNF003000
Genre Nonfiction
Copyright 2015
Publisher Bearport Publishing
Series Desert Animals Searchin' for Shade
Language English
Number of Pages 24
ISBN 9781627245357, 9781627246200, 9781627246996
Title Format Reinforced book, Hosted eBook, Savings Bundle
Dewey 595.4'6
Dimensions 10 x 8
ATOS Reading Level 4.1
Guided Reading Level M
Lexile Reading Level 540
Scholastic Reading Counts Level 4.3
Author Meish Goldish
 

SLC Review - Desert Animals

The desert is a harsh and unforgiving environment and home to a collection of unique animals with special characteristics which allow them to live and thrive there. The well-written text explores physical characteristics, diet, predators, and the young. Colorful full-page photographs, text bubbles, and diagrams perfectly complement the age-appropriate text. A critical thinking question is included in each spread. Each title includes a Science Lab section which presents students with a challenge based on the text. These would be appropriate for use in a learning center to promote independent learning. Photographs of prey being eaten might disturb some readers, but most students will be captivated by the fascinating animals described in each title.

Bark Scorpion

All that a young arachnologist would want to know about the bark scorpion appears in this installment in the Desert Animals Searchin’ for Shade series. The large-font sentences and highlighted vocab words accompany open-ended questions at the end of each two-page spread, and each section following the page turn provides the informative answer. Full-color, sometimes full-page photos, paired with helpful captions, reveal the eight-legged creatures and their parts, such as pincers and stingers, as well as some behaviors, like baby scorpions riding on an adult scorpion’s back. The end material includes information on writing a report on the bark scorpion and a short picture glossary. Though demand for a book about such a specific creature might seem slim, kids who love animals, especially the creepy kind, will find plenty to like about this title.

Index
Glossary of key words
Table of contents
Author/Illustrator biography
Detailed maps
Full-color photographs