ULURU by Caroline Arnold

ULURU

Australia’s Aboriginal Heart
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Age Range: 10 - 13
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KIRKUS REVIEW

In this absorbing tour of Uluru (formerly known as Ayer’s Rock) and Kata Tjuta, the similar but lesser-known formation nearby, veteran naturalist Arnold not only provides a systematic account of the area’s geology and wildlife, she communicates great respect for its profound cultural and religious significance to the aboriginal Anangu clans that live nearby. Towering over a thousand feet above ground, and extending perhaps three miles below, russet Uluru is the largest single rock on Earth—and, as the sharp color photographs here prove, a spectacular sight in all lights. Arnold summarizes some of the Anangu stories associated with its formations, then goes on to a study of its history, and of the diverse community of plants and animals surrounding it, supplying both European and tongue-twisting Anangu names. She closes with a look at environmental conservation efforts in this National Park and World Heritage Site, and a reiteration of its cultural importance. The Anangu’s near-constant presence in the text is not reflected in the pictures, which are nearly devoid of human figures—still, this makes a first-rate introduction to one of the planet’s most awe-inspiring natural features. (index) (Nonfiction. 10-13)

Pub Date: Oct. 20th, 2003
ISBN: 0-618-18181-4
Page count: 64pp
Publisher: Clarion
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 2003




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