Gr 3-5-These large-print, easy-to-read titles look at animals and plants that survive in harsh environments. Stunning, full-color photos of the wildlife and their habitats are found throughout. Both books begin with a simplified map indicating the areas under discussion. Deserts introduces the flora and fauna of the Sonoran desert, camels in Africa and Asia, and animals of the Namib. The last several pages discuss the adaptations that various plants and animals have made. Waters focuses on emperor penguins, minke whales, and Weddell seals. An appended section mentions other Antarctic animals and how they survive. Both books supply adequate information for reports on biological responses to the environment. Stephen Savage's Animals of the Desert (RSVP, 1997) gives short discussions of particular desert animals, but they are classified within broad family groups: mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. Waters may help to relieve the shortage of books on the Antarctic.-Lynda Ritterman, Atco Elementary School, Waterford, NJ Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.