Synopses & Reviews
Discover the harsh world of hot and cold deserts and the peoples, plants and animals that live in them. Here is an original and exciting new guide to some of the most inhospitable places on Earth. Superb, full-color photographs of the people who live in the desert, and the creatures and plants that survive the extremes of temperature, offer a unique "eyewitness" view of this hostile environment. See the stunning sand dunes of the Namib Desert, a Bedouin in full wedding dress, the desert in bloom, a jewel wasp and a camel's regalia. Learn how sand dunes form, how a few honeypot ants store food for a whole nest in their own bodies, how a mummy is preserved in sand and how bedouin women weave a whole tent from goat's hair. Discover why a Tuareg woman never uncovers her face, what makes a dromedary different from a Bactrian camel, the mystery of Timbuktu, why jewelry is so valuable to nomads, which animals never need to drink and why some desert animals have big ears, and much, much more!
The folks at DK have almost singlehandedly rejuvenated if not reinvented the often moribund world of non-fiction books for children. [Eyewitness series] (Newsweek)
...a mini museum between the covers of a book. [Eyewitness series] (The New York Times)
These books' striking visual impact will draw in even the most casual readers. [Eyewitness series] (School Library Journal)
This book answers questions about deserts. What is a desert? What is it made of? Types of deserts, and much more.