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Children's LiteratureOwls living in borrowed nests? Cactus spines used as sewing needles? Plants directing rain to their roots? Welcome to the land of little rain. With generally less than 10 inches of precipitation per year, shallow roots, waxy coatings, and the ability to roll up leaves help desert plants make the most of available moisture. At the same time, these plants offer food, moisture, shade, and nesting sites for desert animals. In addition to supplying food for people, desert plants provide materials for baskets, ropes, and sandals. But, off-road vehicles, overgrazing, development, and oil spills threaten this habitat. Author Welch features the birdcage plant, which, after it dies, rolls across the desert depositing its seeds. If you are looking for a way to introduce young readers to biomes, you've found it. Each book in this series defines the biome, talks about native plants, discusses how the plants are used by both animals and humans, explains the dangers to these plants and protections for them, and showcases one plant. Two-page spreads consist of a photo page and a text page. Text is simple, clear, and brief. Twenty-four pages include a table of contents, a glossary, references (including FactHound), and an index. Other titles in the "Life in the World's Biomes" series include, Ocean Plants, Polar Plants, Prairie Plants, Rain Forest Plants, and Wetland Plants. 2006, Bridgestone Books/Capstone Press, Ages 7 to 10.