To Steve Coyle and Maryrose Hightower-Coyle —M. S.To the lesson we may yet learn rom the adaptabilities o the animal kingdom —E. Y.Special thanks to:Felicity Arengo (American Museum o Natural History), Steve Aronson, Brenda Bowen, John Hare (www.wildcamels.com), Zack Lemann (Audubon Insectarium),Mark Myers (Woodland Park Zoo), Kenneth Nickerson (School o Biological Sciences,University o Nebraska—Lincoln), Louis Sorkin (American Museum o NaturalHistory), Paul Sweet (American Museum o Natural History), and to my wonderuleditor, Melissa Manlove, and the crew at Chronicle.Text © 2012 by Marilyn Singer.Illustrations © 2012 by Ed Young. All rights reserved. No part o this book may be reproduced in any orm without written permission rom the publisher.Library o Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data available.ISBN 978-1-4521-0120-0Design by Sara Gillingham.Typeset in Populaire and Chronicle Text.The illustrations in this book were rendered in collage.Manuactured in China.10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1Chronicle Books LLC680 Second Street, San Francisco, Caliornia 94107 www.chroniclekids.com
Where would you rather live—in a lush orest where thereis a lot o ood and water and where it’s always warm, or ina barren desert where there’s little water and the daytimetemperature is oten above 100 degrees F? Would you preera home on a tropical ree teeming with lie or inside a glacier where it’s reezing?It’s true that large numbers o diverse animal speciesinhabit rainorests and coral rees, where the temperatureis just right and there’s plenty to eat and drink. However,because so many creatures live in these habitats, competi-tion or ood and space is erce and reuge rom predatorscan be tough to nd.Extreme environments such as deserts, glaciers, saltlakes, and pools o oil may not seem appealing, yet in theseplaces, there is oten less competition and more saety rompredators. So over time, a variety o animals have adaptedto these challenging conditions. This collection o poemscelebrates some o these great adapters and the risky places where they live.