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Creatures of the Desert World Hardcover – January 1, 1991


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Hardcover: 16 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books; 4 edition (January 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870446878
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870446870
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #384,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
If your kids like pop-up/action books, this one is full of things to play with and see. There are lots of flaps to look under, things to move, and creatures popping out of the pages. However, some of the content includes animals hunting other animals, and some of the animals in this book can be scary. (A big tarantula, bats, coyotes, a scorpion, a rattle snake, etc.) I was a little nervous when I first looked through the book, but my son (2 1/2) loves it and was not afraid of it. He reads it over and over, and shows me what is behind every rock, bush, and cactus. I would recommend it with the caution that it could be scary for some kids.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 25, 2003
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We've had this since my son was born. He and his little sister have really enjoyed it. They love to have the animals move, search for the hiding animals, and have us read the text. A great book!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Wisdom on December 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
When I owned a bookstore, we could not keep this wonderful book on our shelves. We put out a demo and wrapped the rest of the copies to prevent damage. Even then, the demo lasted for quite some time despite enthusiastic use by our young customers. There are a surprising number of very creative moving creatures on each page in addition to the pop-ups. The illustrations are colorful and outstanding. This one is a winner!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Vasilius on December 16, 2010
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Highly recommended! I have purchased at least 30 copies of this book over the years. My son, now in graduate school, loved it as a child, as did all my neices. The paper engineering, the art work, the brief but accurate information, make this book a wonderful introduction to desert animals. Most of my exchange students have carried copies home. I continue to buy copies of this book when I travel to distant lands. I give one to hosts, guides or teachers as a small way to share my beloved Arizona desert with those who will never be able to visit. I have a vivid memory of Tuaregs in Timbuktu crowded around the book and pulling the tabs. They loved the paper craft and very much enjoyed making comparisions between the animals and plants shown in the book, and their own arrid surroundings. This book can make the world a smaller, friendlier place!
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I recently discovered the National Geographic pop-up books when my husband found a mint copy of Animal Homes in his childhood stuff. Unfortunately it seems that most of these books are now out of print, but I was happy to find the Creatures of the Desert World. As with Animal Homes, the intricacy, large size and detail of the pop-up art is impressive and unmatched by any other nature pop-up books that I've seen. Unlike most books where the 3-D element is really small or solitary, the art in these books fills the full spread. There's lots of dimension to the pages including stunning 3-D layers, animals in motion, tabs to pull to create action and lift tabs to reveal hidden animals. The images are detailed, colorful illustrations printed on both sides of the dimensional elements. The text is unexciting, but it's a minor complaint when faced with such an amazing book. My toddler is obsessed with these books, although she requires a lot of supervision and reminders to keep her grubby, little hands off the animals.
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Format: Hardcover
Our daughter is not yet two, and she is on the second copy of this book. She managed to wear some of the popups out from very frequent use. This is not a criticism. She got the first copy at about 4 months old. She's not destructive, but many other popup books had parts coming off within a week, just from flipping the pages frequently.

If you have small children and popup books, you generally have to do repair frequently with clear tape and scissors. On this book, only once in a great while.

This is where she learned to say "lizard", and "bat". It also has nice birds, a scorpion, packrat, and others. While these are drawings and not photos, they are pretty accurate.

Overall quite good. I am glad we got it for her so early.
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By I. Patcherezov on February 3, 2011
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This and all the National Geographic pop up books are incredible for kids and adults (I have seen many from many artists but haven't been anything as good overall). I true, ageless art (I plan on keeping them for my kids' kids:). The way my 1.5 toddler kicked her legs, talked and opened her eyed the first time she saw one of these is all I need. Pop up book, Daddy - were some of my kids' first words. And they always want to do the pulleys of course :) Reason I got them was b/s I remember being fascinated by them as a kid. BTW: The National Museum of American History has a pop up book exhibit running in 2011.
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By Terri Lupton on April 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
My mother bought this book for my 5 boys years ago and they would love to look through it every time we visited Grandma. She sent me the book after my children were grown and I lost track of it due to several moves. I finally found it and enjoyed sharing this with my son's children. They loved it! The 'spooky spider' was scary to my very young grandson at first but then it became a 'fun scary' when he realized it couldn't hurt him. There are lots of flips and flaps and tabs to pull so you have to help the youngest children but it is well worth it. I highly recommend this book!
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