HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Desert Baths
Author: Darcy Pattison
Illustrator: Kathleen Rietz
Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing
ISBN-13: 978-1-60718-525-3 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-1-60718-534-5 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 978-1-60718-543-7 (eBook)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Rating: 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Pattison, Darcy. Desert Baths (published in 2012 by Sylvan Dell Publishing, 612 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Suite A2, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464). Everyone knows that it seldom rains in the desert and is very dry there, so how do animals in the desert take baths to get rid of dirt, germs, bugs, and parasites? Author Darcy Pattison covers a day in the life of the American southwest desert to explain how a turkey vulture, an Anna’s hummingbird, a desert tortoise, a roadrunner, a mule deer, a diamondback rattler, a scaled quail, a western banded gecko, a javalina, a pallid bat, a coyote, and a bobcat, all get baths, along with other interesting bits of information about each of these creatures. Can you guess which of them takes a sunbath, a dew bath, a dust bath, a tongue bath, a grass bath, a spit bath, a mud bath, and even an ant bath?
As the sun rises, travels across the sky, and sets, young readers can learn how these twelve different desert animals deal with the problem of trying to stay clean in a parched land. The full-color, realistic pictures by illustrator Kathleen Rietz will help them to explore the desert habitat through its animals and their habits of hygiene. The book can be read either at home or in the classroom. Also the six pages of “For Creative Minds” activities in the back of the book, including exercises on deserts in North America and telling time, and the additional free activities found online at the publisher’s website can be used by parents or teachers to combine fun with learning. By the way, do you know what a javalina is? If not, you can find out by reading Desert Baths.