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Desert Giant

The World of the Saguaro Cactus
By:  Barbara Bash
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Paperback Book
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  • Item #: NTS45944
  • ISBN13: 9780590459440
  • Format: Paperback Book
  • Pages: 32
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  • Grades: 2 - 3
  • Lexile® Measure: 980L
  • Guided Reading Level: GR Level R
  • DRA Level: 40
  • ACR Level: 5.5
  • Funding Type:
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A venerable saguaro cactus stands like a statue in the hot desert landscape, its armlike branches reaching fifty feet into the air. From a distance it appears to be completely still and solitary - but appearances can be deceptive. In fact, this giant tree of the desert is alive with activity. Its spiny trunk and branches are home to a surprising number of animals, and its flowers and fruit feed many desert dwellers. Gila woodpeckers and miniature elf owls make their homes inside the saguaro's trunk. Long-nosed bats and fluttering white doves drink the nectar from its showy white flowers. People also play a role in the saguaro's story: each year the Tohono O'odham Indians gather its sweet fruit in a centuries-old harvest ritual.In this first volume of Sierra Club Books' Tree Tales series, a simple, easy-to-read text and appealing drawings document the life cycle of this amazing cactus tree and the creatures it helps to support. Readers will come away with a better understanding of and a lasting respect for this accomodating giant of the desert.

Standards:

RI.3.2. Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.
RI.5.3. Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.

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