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This book is one of a five-volume series, "Living on the Edge," written about animals living in extreme environments and the adaptations that enable them to survive. "Lack of food and shelter" and "blustery, icy winds make it difficult for anything to stay alive" in the Antarctic. But even in this hostile region, Emperor penguins, minke whales, Weddell seals and other animals thrive. While most birds migrate north to warmer climates during the Antarctic's winter months, Emperor penguins live there all year round. Oily feathers waterproof their bodies and soft woolly down underneath acts like thermal underwear. Like minke whales and Weddell seals, penguins' bodies are insulated by a thick layer of blubber. Weddell seals spend the winter under the Antarctic ice sheet. To get air, they gnaw holes in the thick ice—holes that they must keep open all winter long, otherwise they would drown. The Antarctic waters are also home to crab-eater seals, Antarctic starfish, killer whales and pale ice fish whose blood contains sugars and proteins that, like antifreeze, keeps it from freezing. Every page is illustrated with vivid photographs showing these animals interacting with their frigid world. "Find Out More" pages at the end of the volume list books, magazine articles and Web sites for interested readers. This is a well-written and extremely informative book that would be an excellent addition to school and classroom libraries and a great choice for every child who loves animals. 2003, Benchmark Books/Marshall Cavendish,
— Anita Barnes Lowen
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-These large-print, easy-to-read titles look at animals and plants that survive in harsh environments. Stunning, full-color photos of the wildlife and their habitats are found throughout. Both books begin with a simplified map indicating the areas under discussion. Deserts introduces the flora and fauna of the Sonoran desert, camels in Africa and Asia, and animals of the Namib. The last several pages discuss the adaptations that various plants and animals have made. Waters focuses on emperor penguins, minke whales, and Weddell seals. An appended section mentions other Antarctic animals and how they survive. Both books supply adequate information for reports on biological responses to the environment. Stephen Savage's Animals of the Desert (RSVP, 1997) gives short discussions of particular desert animals, but they are classified within broad family groups: mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. Waters may help to relieve the shortage of books on the Antarctic.-Lynda Ritterman, Atco Elementary School, Waterford, NJ Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761414384
  • Publisher: Cavendish, Marshall Corporation
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Series: Living on the Edge
  • Pages: 39
  • Age range: 7 years
  • Product dimensions: 10.22 (w) x 10.42 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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