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Survival at 120 Above by Debbie S. Miller

Survival at 120 Above

by Debbie S. Miller

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Miller writes so poetically in this nonfiction book about the Simpson Desert National Park and Regional Reserve and the animals who somehow live there. Survival at 120 Above introduced me to animals I never even knew existed. Not only can readers learn about these animals, but the climate in which they live, the desert, seems unrelenting and impossible to adapt to. The author makes this information so enjoyable through writing like “Filling her throat pouch with air, a female emu makes a drumming sound as she strides across the open woodland. She smells water.” This beautiful wording created vivid images in my mind to accompany the acrylic paintings in the book. The paintings are realistic and well-done, however, they don’t posses any liveliness. They seem forced, still and lackluster. But the writing, for me, more than makes up for it.
The book includes maps and a temperature chart to help us capture the full extent of the animals’ discomfort. There is also an author’s note, a glossary and a bibliography.
Notes on pronunciation are available throughout and help guide readers through the text.
  kljohns8 | May 4, 2014 |
A vividly described and illustrated introduction to the creatures that call one of the hottest places on Earth home. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0802798136, Hardcover)

After exploring one of the coldest places on Earth, Debbie S. Miller travels to one of the hottest places, to introduce readers to the variety of animals who call the desert home and show the ways they have adapted to survive temperatures as high as 120 degrees. Creatures such as the sand goanna and red kangaroo have fascinating and unique coping mechanisms for keeping it cool at these extreme temperatures. Miller's expert research and accessible writing will captivate readers as Jon Van Zyle's signature illustrations beautifully depict these animals and their desert habitat.

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Introduces the variety of animals who call the Australian Simpson Desert home and shows how they have adapted to survive extreme temperatures.

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