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The desert is very hot and dry. But camels still survive. Camels have adapted to life in the desert. Camels’ humps are an adaptation to help them survive.

People have used camels to carry goods through the desert for a long time. Camels can carry up to 600 pounds. Camels made it possible for people to move across the desert. They have been given the nickname “ships of the desert.”

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Making Connections


Have you ever seen a camel? What did you think of it?


Have you read other books about desert animals? How are they similar to or different from a camel?


Since ancient times, people have used camels to cross the desert. Why do you think people use camels?

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