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Children's LiteratureFoxes feasting on berries? Moss spores in fireworks? Lichens predicting air quality? Welcome to earth's polar deserts. Generally less than 60 inches of snowfall per year (equal to 6 inches of rain), freezing temperatures, whipping winds, and a short growing season present severe challenges to polar plants. Plants like berries, cotton grass, saxifrage, and moss provide nesting material, shelter, warmth, and food for ground squirrels, lemmings, and other residents. People use club moss for wreaths, club moss spores in fireworks, and blueberries for jam. Pollution and global climate change threaten the delicate balance of this biome. Welch features lichens, which can be used for food, air pollution indicators, and in model train sets. 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 Desert Plants, Ocean Plants, Prairie Plants, Rain Forest Plants, and Wetland Plants. 2006, Bridgestone Books/Capstone Press, Ages 7 to 10.