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Children's LiteraturePart of the "Living on the Edge" series, this sturdy picture book will give young readers a good look at what kinds of animals live in such a harsh environment and what adaptations they've had to make to ensure their survival. The book's 10-inch by 10-inch size allows its many full-color photos and maps to be reproduced in larger-than-usual dimensions, which in turn allows readers to see, more clearly, the details of animal fur, feathers and anatomy referred to in the text—as well as to see more completely how these animals blend in with their stark white environment. The text is set in simple, large, easy-to-read type, making it a good choice for beginning readers. The text is organized in a way that makes comprehension easier, too, by beginning with an overview of common adaptations all arctic animals must make to survive in their frigid environment, then advancing to specific examples of arctic birds and mammals, both large and small. The book ends with a glossary of scientific terms used in the text, a listing of Web sites and other resources for readers wishing to "Find Out More" and a complete subject index. A great choice for classroom or library. 2003, Benchmark Books, Ages 8 to 11.
— Dianne Ochiltree