My Season with Penguins: An Antarctic Journal
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My Season with Penguins: An Antarctic Journal

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What is it like to live in a tiny Polar Haven for two months? To look into the odd, expressive eyes of an Adelie chick? To be flipper-slapped by a bird whose wings are powerful enough to propel it swiftly through frigid waters? Sophie Webb knows, and she gives readers a frank firsthand account of what it is like to spend a season in a land not yet affected by humans, yet p...more
ebook, 48 pages
Published May 25th 2004 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) (first published September 26th 2000)
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Leanne
My Season With Penguins: An Antarctic Journal
by Sophie Webb
Published in 2000

Genre: Juvenile Non-fiction

Format: Picture book

Plot Summary: "With charming watercolors and intriguing journal entries, this book inspires our curiosity. Sophie Webb gives readers a vivid, frank, firsthand account of what it is like to spend a season in a land not yet affected by people, yet populated for centuries by true dwellers of the Antarctic — the fearless, round-bellied, pink-footed, gliding, diving, utterly adep...more
Ariel
This was awesome book. I loved how the author added the dates so that we readers can know when something happens. I also loved how the author putted the book from her point of view. Really good book. I recommend this book for anyone who loves penguins because this book talks a lot about penguins.
Lisa Ford
This was the author's actual experience observing and studying adelie penguins in the antarctic. It has lots of information on the scientific method, but it shows it through the journal entries rather than listing it.
Beverly
The star of this book are the many beautiful paintings and sketches of Adelie and other penguins. It is called a journal for a reason: it is written date by date about a scientific study of penguins.
Mika Perez
Although a very well-written book, my attention kept fading in and out. There were times when I was very interested in the penguins and times I could barely keep my eyes open, which leads me to believe that kids would have the same problem. The illustrations that go along with the passages in the journal-like book help quite a bit, in case the reader does not know what something is. I picked this book because I like animals, and liked the traveling and animal aspect in this book, just a tad too...more
Brooke
Imagine a world where a mere 34 degrees Fahrenheit is considered to be hot and the inhabitants of the region spend the day sprawled on the ground, panting, in an attempt to cool off. So it is on our very own continent of Antarctica, where author, Sophie Webb took a two month expedition to study the residents of the area – the Adelie penguins. My Season with Penguins: An Antarctic Journal is exactly that – an illustrative journal of biologist and artist, Webb’s experiences studying the Adelie. W...more
Sarah Schwartz
Genre: Nonfiction, Kindle Version
Awards: 2001 Robert Sibert Award
Age Group: Advanced - Intermediate

Summary: In this brief book, Sophie Webb described her two month stint in Antarctica where she went with a team to study Adélie penguins. The book includes many penguin drawings, as the author is known for drawing and studying birds. She witnessed the penguin nesting season, the birth of new penguins, growth and development, and feeding techniques.

Evaluation: I gave this book one star, partly for i...more
Amber
"My Season With Penguins: An Arctic Journal" is a non-fiction book written by Sophie Webb. It is a book intended for children ages 8-14 or primary (P) and intermediate (I) readers. It is a collection of journal entries by Webb who is a biologist as well as an artist. She was invited to Antarctica and spent two months journaling about every part of her trip. Sophie Webb is painstaking with her descriptions. Her love of art and journaling shines. She not only tells the reader all about penguins an...more
Emma
I did not like this book at all. There were not that many facts about penguins. The author only wrote about her experience in Antarctica, and not that much about penguins. There were a lot of pictures, but they were drawings, and they were not very good. In the other two non-fiction books we've read, the pictures helped me get a better understanding of the book, but the drawings in this book did not help me at all. I learned a little about the penguin's habitat and how the penguins reacted to ce...more
marie
Ever a sucker for animals and science, I found this book very interesting. Despite the fact that it generally comes across as a book for younger children, it does sometimes oddly gloss over things that might be questioned - the penguins are copulating. Ok, what does that mean? Are we leaving it to parents to explain? (Ok, yes, there's a definition in the glossary at the end . . .) I'm all for not editing for content for the younger set, but you have to know there'd be questions about that. Oh, a...more
Amy Whitmer
Category: Informational
Review Source: Textbook p. 282

The author of this book details her journey to observe and document the living habits of penguins in the Antarctic. The book is written in the style of a journal with plenty of drawings and pictures to reinforce her writings. It is very clear that the author knows her stuff and loves what she does. There is a glossary of terms and plenty of references to help back that up. Children will find this book fascinating as the writer’s writing style...more
Cheryl in CC NV
Ok, don't read picture books on an e-reader and expect to get the same experience as a paperbook. This book is *much* richer than the text. It's a little dry if one expects a narrative, but it's very lively and interesting from a scientific pov. I loved the illustrations, and the opportunity to learn what it's like to study penguins in the field.

For example, segregating a sub-colony behind a mesh corral, with only one gate - which is outfitted with a 'weigh bridge' - is a smart way to get lots...more
Chynna Cuellar
Sophie Webb is not only an amazing artist but an amazing writer. Sophie traveled to Antarctica to learn all about the penguins.This book tells you all about Sophie's journey to Antarctica in great detail, It makes you feel as if you were there with her. The chapter book is intended for older children and is one to keep around. It has received a Sibert award for the great amount of detail both about Antarctica and the penguins. It is also a great read for children who are searching to look for mo...more
Beth
In 1996, Sopie Webb who is a biologist went to Antartica for two month to study Ad lie Penguins. The book had really nice illustrations, some watercolors and others were just sketched. The book was basically her journals of the time she spent traveling, her experiences with the penguins, and the her experience dealing with the conditions in Antartica. I thought that the journals continued on a little long and some of the detail wasn't necessary. It wasn't a bad read, just not as interesting as I...more
Lavada Figueroa
Not my Taste

Although this book is full of information, I could not keep interest in it. For someone that is very interested in penguins, it may be a bit more exciting to read. The title had the word "journal" in it, but I was not expecting it to be just that. I admit, that is my fault. The writer of this story made a journal of her day to day experiences while living with the penguins. Though, some of her entries were interesting, too me, many were not.
Kelsey Scherer
A great informational text! I really enjoy learning while reading stories because it is not like having to read from your everyday text book. This Antartic Journal shares about the lives of penguins; how they live, eat, reproduce, etc. This book is a great read for older students.
Brindi
Sibert 2001 Honor

I started to read and then I just ended up skimming through the rest of it. I'm sure this would be an excellent resource for children doing a report on penguins, but not interesting enough to keep my attention as someone just reading it because it's a Sibert.
Jasmine
This book was okay. I learned only a little bit about penguins, but I was surprised that there were drawn pictures and not actual ones. The story was slow and not all that interesting. The drawings were cute though. I would like to go to Antarctica, it seems like a lot of fun.
Megan
This a journal kept as they live with penguins for 2 months. Good informational book about penguins.
Sam Bloom
2001 Sibert Honor book

I'd give this 4 1/2 stars if that was an option.
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