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Children's LiteratureWhen reading about the environment, it is easy to picture the Earth as divided into neat areas called biomes. A desert is here and a rainforest is over there. But the divisions are not marked in black ink and this book is about the areas in between. In some places these areas are called scrublands or bush, but the publishers of this book, one in the "Biomes Atlases" series, prefer the term shrublands. Shrublands are areas of fertile soil and harsh conditions. They bridge the gap between coastal and forest regions. Harsh winds and rocky soil prevent full-size trees from growing. Animals in this region must be hearty, as well. This book has done surprisingly well at describing a hard-to-explain ecosystem. The book is organized in five chapters separated by a detailed profile of a specific area. The pictures are beautiful and index and glossary are complete. It is an excellent reference book if not a straight read. 2003, Raintree, Ages 9 to 12.
— Heather Robertson