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Children's LiteraturePart of the "Living on the Edge" series, this sturdy picture book gives young readers a look at the "land near the sky" and the many animals who make their homes high on mountainous terrain worldwide. The text begins with a brief overview of what makes the mountaintop a challenging environment for wildlife and some of the many ways animals survive these harsh conditions. It then details the survival techniques of specific mammals, birds, fish and insects that thrive in the high mountain environment. The book's 10-inch by10-inch trim size allows its many full-color photos and maps to be reproduced in larger-than-average dimensions, letting the reader more easily see, and appreciate, the adaptations of fur, feather, fin, hoof and paw explained in the text. The text is set in a large, easy-to-read typestyle, making this a good choice for beginning readers. Also included are a glossary of science words, a listing of Web sites, a complete subject index and other resources for readers wanting to "Find Out More." A winner for both classroom and library shelves. 2003, Benchmark Books, Ages 8 to 11.
— Dianne Ochiltree