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Who Needs a Desert?

A Desert Ecosystem

by Karen Patkau

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ISBN:9781770493865
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Description

Karen Patkau takes readers on an amazing voyage of discovery to find out

   • How deserts are formed 
   • Where deserts are found 
   • How plants and animals adapt to the severe environment 
   • What wildlife thrives there 
   • Which plants bloom under the blazing sun 
   • How desert plants and animals get energy and food 
   • What happens in the rainy seasons 
   • Why desert land becomes barren 
   • Why we need deserts

About the Author

Karen Patkau has been writing and illustrating picture books, with a focus on nature and non-fiction, for more than thirty years. She won the Ezra Jack Keats Memorial Medal for her first book, Don’t Eat Spiders by Robert Heidbreder, and since then her titles have appeared on lists including Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books, Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award finalists, Green Book Festival Award finalists, Ontario Library Association Best Bets and White Ravens selections. Karen lives in Toronto.

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Karen Patkau is the award-winning author and illustrator of many books for children. Creatures Great and Small, which she wrote and illustrated, was a Shining Willow Nominee 2008 and a Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice 2007 book. The companion book, Creatures Yesterday and Today, was on the Book Sense Summer 2008 Children's Pick List. Both titles were Resource Links Best of the Years selections. The first three books in Karen's Ecosystem Series - Who Needs a Jungle? Who Needs a Swamp? Who Needs an Iceberg? - were published to much critical acclaim. Who Needs a Swamp? received a Silver Birch Express 2013 nomination and was a Green Book Festival 2012 Honor Book. Who Needs and Iceberg? was a Green Book Festival 2013 Honor Book. Who Needs a Jungle? was chosen for the Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens 2012.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
7 to 10
Grade:
2 to 5
Editorial Review

PRAISE FOR Ecosystem Series:

"Patkau introduces readers to the North American Arctic ecosystem efficiently and methodically, discussing habitat, the food chain and seasonal changes, along with the ever-important formation of the iceberg.... Her digitally composed illustrations at times offer informative scenic views, and at times, present readers with more direct scientific information. This, as well as its companion volumes Who Needs a Swamp? and Who Needs a Jungle? offers a clear, readable introduction for budding naturalists and geographers." - The Toronto Star

"...Patkau offers a series of vibrant scenes ... striking illustrations. The text both interprets the visual content ... and offers paragraphs of diverse facts." - Booklist

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