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Children's LiteratureChances are if a word has "est" in it, it describes a mountain. Mountains are the highest, windiest, wettest places on earth. While the climate can be different from mountain to mountain (and even in different parts of the same mountain) mountains do have some basic traits. For one, their peaks tend to reach into the upper atmospheres. Climbers on Mt. Everest have to use oxygen tanks to reach the top. Mountains are also colder at the peak than at the base, up to 100 degrees colder. This new reference book, one in the "Biomes Atlases" series, addresses five different attributes of mountain ranges: climate, plants, animals, people and the future. The text can be dry in some parts, but is broken up by interesting sidebars and profiles of individual mountain ranges. The book has beautiful maps and photographs on every page. In the back are a glossary and a fairly large index. All in all, it is a good reference book, but kids won't pick it up just to read. 2003, Raintree, Ages 9 to 12.
— Heather Robertson