It’s Friday and time for another Perfect Picture Book review. This National Geographic Action Book was a huge hit at our house!
Publisher: National Geographic Society, 1987 in cooperation with Intervisual Communications, Inc.
Barbara Gibson, Illustrator/Jody Bolt, Art Director/John Strejan and James Roger Diaz, Paper Engineers
Suitable for: 4 and up
NOTE: Amazon states 9 and up, but I feel like smaller children will enjoy this as much or more than older children. The pop ups are a lot of fun and the reading is limited to 2 paragraphs per double page.
Themes/Topics: Animals, Discovery, Geographic, Non-fiction, Science
In the early morning sun, two mountain lion cubs are playing with a spiny lizard. Soon they will follow their mother to their den to sleep during the hottest time of the day. They live in Arizona’s Sonoran Desert. The desert has little water, and it is often very hot.
Brief Synopsis: Journey to Arizona’s Sonoran Desert. Learn about the animals and their habitats. An interesting and interactive way to learn about the desert and the creatures that live there. Children will have loads of fun with this activity & pop up book. Each beautifully illustrated page comes to life with fun interactive flip up’s, pop outs, pulleys, and flaps.
National Geographic Kids has a great website full of lots of videos, games and other activites
Enchanted Learning has some info on the desert plus some neat print outs to color
Everything Preschool has some cute songs to sing about the desert
Discovery Channel Planet Earth has some great pictures of desert animals as well as some more articles that would be suitable for older children.
The Planet Earth Blu-Ray DVD is a fantastic series. One of the episodes is on deserts. I highly recommend the BBC version.
Discovery Kids: Tell Me…Slitherin’ Snakes
Why I like this book: I love books that are not only educational, but also are fun to read. These types of books are great, especially for busy little ones. Each page is something new to discover. The kids will want you to read it over and over.
Perfect Picture Book Fridays are a weekly blog event where participants review some of their favorite picture books. The posts are compiled on author Susanna Leonard Hill’s website. They are categorized by theme to help parents, educators and readers find the perfect picture book easily. To learn more, please visit Susanna’s site where you will find the complete PPF’s library.