The Bottom Line
- Full of interesting facts about the world's deserts
- Colorful photographs reinforce concepts
- Doesn't differentiate which events occur in which deserts
- Can be confusing when discussing environmental issues--are deserts good, bad, or ...?
- Deserts is a hardcover book with nice, thick glossy pages.
- Deserts tries to cover many aspects of geography, geology, and biology in a 35 page children's book!
- Children will enjoy the large, colorful photographs of desert scenes and animals.
- It would be nice if the pages had map insets showing where in the world that page applies.
- The project to build a desert landscape, with camels, palm tree and saguaros, looked like fun.
- Correction: many saguaros have many arms--I'm not sure where the reference to 5 arms comes from.
- Deserts is a Kingfisher Young Knowledge book.
- My favorite 6 year-old says: The book should tell how to pronounce the unusual names and places.
Guide Review - Deserts
Being an adult, it is easy for me to find fault with Deserts, which tries to tackle a complicated topic, and have it be interesting and informative to young children.
I was confused immediately by page one. It is actually page 6. I know why, but does a six year-old? The page numbers are very prominent on the pages! There is a definition of a word on page 1, er, I mean, page 6. Why? On further inspection, every other definition is of a word or phrase that appears on that page. But not page 6. I can't help but wonder if page 6 was edited, deleting the word, but they forgot and left the definition there.
There were two larger issues that bothered me a bit about the book: (1) it doesn't distinguish, on the various pages, where in the world they are discussing. Will my niece in New York think that we have camels in Phoenix, and that we are nomads walking around with water jugs on our heads? (2) I was unclear about the environmental inferences made in the book. Are deserts good or bad? Is it good that cities encroach on deserts? Hmmm.