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Survival at 120 Above

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  22 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
After exploring one of the coldest places on Earth, Debbie S. Miller travels to one of the hottest places, to introduce readers to the variety of animals who call the desert home and show the ways they have adapted to survive temperatures as high as 120 degrees. Creatures such as the sand goanna and red kangaroo have fascinating and unique coping mechanisms for keeping it ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published July 17th 2012 by Walker Childrens
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Jim Erekson
Sep 23, 2013 rated it liked it
For a US reader, the draw of this book is the range of unknown animals. The well-known mouse, kangaroo, and owl are more than balanced by unique Aussie animals like the dunnart, the spadefoot frog, and thorny devil. Australia is interesting, and I even know classes of Kindergartners who have gone on an Australia kick and checked out every book in the library.

Lu Benke told me one of the hallmarks of high-circulating dinosaur books is dynamic illustrations of animals in motion--this is what gets
Apr 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
About this book, it mainly talked about the animal world, it introduces different animals how to survive in different environment. This book is really long, but it provides lots of information about the animals. This such book are different from with other style, it can improve many knowledges about world, and how image about this world. In this book, it shows the different lifestyle.

In this book, it is a little like textbook, it does not tell the story to kids, it gives a amount of information
Char Hight
Apr 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
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What a creative way to learn new information! This book is about Australia and has a storybook style. The pictures are soft watercolors and the vocabulary is very rich which includes some pronunciation of a few words. There are really good interesting facts in this book. Although he pictures are not real photographs, its easy to get an idea of what Australia and its flora and fauna look like. Another interesting feature is that the timing of the book is in a 24-hr period. The b
Nicole Hibbert
Oct 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Summary: In this story we learn all about Simpson Desert National Park and Regional Reserve. We are taken on a journey of the early morning to the darkest parts of the night! We get to learn about all sorts of animals and different environments one would encounter at the Simpson Desert National Park and Regional Reserve.

Audience: This book was intended for students who have a love for other regions and other animals.

Appeal: This book would be a great fit for students who love learning about oth
Shelby Rini
Apr 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Survival at 120 Above is a book about all of the animals that live in the Australian Desert. It specifies the names all the animals, their eating habits, their predators, and even the weather. It walks through a full day in the life of an animal in the Australian Desert.

This is an informational book for children. The vocabulary is semi challenging in the book, however, for the words that are harder to read, they put sound it outs next to it. This makes it easier for children to read and expand t
Sep 20, 2016 added it
Shelves: geography
This book is a nice introduction to life in an Australian desert. The illustrations are nice, and the text is descriptive. I liked how the author also described what happens when it rains in the desert.
An enjoyable book to accompany your studies of the desert.
Feb 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book explores animal adaptation by using animals that live in an area of Australia where the temperatures reach over 120 degrees. Well illustrated plus a glossary and extra maps and facts make this a great book for elementary children.
Diana Pettis
Aug 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
I would recommend this text as a read-aloud for older elementary students. Lots of vocabulary to introduce the habitat of Australia Simpson Desert. Some of the vocabulary include claypen, gidgee tree, and estivation.
Karen Arendt
Sep 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, science
Excellent resource for common core ela and science. Grades 2-4.
Brenda Kahn
Mar 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Lovely illustrations and intriguing, "day in the life" story that is less a resource for a report and more a resource as an impressionistic lesson or introduction to a unit on biomes.
Nov 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
A "drop". The fun desert facts were not rendered well, so much so that even as interested adult I felt disinterested after 2 pages. Too dry of a delivery, and drab illustrations.
Edward Sullivan
Dec 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: nature
A vividly described and illustrated introduction to the creatures that call one of the hottest places on Earth home.
Aug 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: desert-habitats
Good--but way too long to be really enjoyable.
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