Under the desert's cracked and barren skin, spadefoot toads are waiting for rain. In the endless black of the deepest caves, blind fish find their way. Even in the frozen hearts of glaciers, ice worms by the billion flourish. In this fascinating look at fourteen animals who defy the odds by thriving in Earth's most dangerous places, renowned poet Marilyn Singer and celebrated artist Ed Young show that of all the miracles of life, it is life's persistence that astounds the most.
Marilyn Singer is the author of more than 90 books for children and young adults, but she especially loves to write poetry. She lives with her husband and several pets in Brooklyn, New York, which is sometimes a strange place to call home, and in Washington, Connecticut.
Ed Young has illustrated more than 80 books for children He is the winner of the Caldecott Medal, in addition to many other awards. He lives with his family in New York.
"Fascinating, enlightening, and strikingly illustrated." - School Library Journal
"Singer's poems marvel at unlikely existences." - Publishers Weekly
"This enlightening collection brings beauty and respect to strangeness." - Booklist
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