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This Place Is Cold: An Imagine Living Here book Paperback – January 15, 2013
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These inaugural titles of the Imagine Living Here series offer a colorful display of facts designed to pique readers' interests. In the first title, author and illustrator visit the Sonoran Desert in Arizona to show how various plants, animals and people have adapted to the heat and aridity. An explanation of how Phoenix was established offers historical facts alongside natural science. Cold shows how people and beasts survive ferocious cold, and includes discussions on the tundra and permafrost, and on how animals such as polar bears keep their wet fur from freezing. Oddly enough, there are more people depicted in this second work, although that may not indicate that one region is more populous than the other. One design element makes the work less accessible: the long, information-packed paragraphs look dense. Lavallee's buoyant watercolors are generally pleasant, but she depicts each face, desert cowboy's or Eskimo's, as half-light and half-dark. That seems like an artistic conceit, and may confuse issues of race rather than negate them. Ages 7-9.
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"Boldly decorative, full-color paintings and cheerful, informative text introduce the adaptations necessary to cope with two diverse environments."--"Kirkus Reviews"
" Boldly decorative, full-color paintings and cheerful, informative text introduce the adaptations necessary to cope with two diverse environments." -- "Kirkus Reviews" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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