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3.49  ·  Rating Details  ·  89 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Far, far south, in the strange and beautiful land of Antarctica, it is dark both day and night all winter long. When at last spring comes, the penguins and seals raise their young. But, one year, loud, unfamiliar sounds announce the arrival of a new presence -- one the creatures hope can share this fragile world with them in peace.
Hardcover, 34 pages
Published March 1st 1990 by Farrar Straus Giroux (first published 1990)
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Apr 27, 2016 Kathryn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about Antarctica(if you couldn't tell) and it talks about the penguins and the seals. It goes on to talk about how they are scared of a new predator, the scary big machines. I thought that was kind of annoying. Like, number one, whoever wrote this has no idea how those animals feel. "Oh no, it's a scary piece of metal", I highly doubt that is what a seal is thinking. Anyway, humans live on the earth and have free reign. I'm no saying it's okay to destroy animals habitats so they hav ...more
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Dec 17, 2014 Lumi / Otso rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this was the first nonfiction book i have read with lumi. it's kind of exciting to start this phase of her reading life.
The subtle message in Antarctica by Helen Cowcher comes ringing through as penguins are frightened and displaced by human machinery. Kids may not immediately pick up on the environmental message, but with a little discussion its meaning will be evident.

Used for "World Traveler's Club-Antarctica"-Storytime: June, 2010 and

"Penguin Party" Storytime: July, 2010.
Overview of the animals that live and reproduce in Antarctica along with a message about the potential human-induced dangers that face these animals. Illustrations are really bold and colorful.
Becky B
An introduction to three creatures who live in Antarctica: emperor penguins, Weddell seals, and Adélie penguins. The book looks at common habits of these creatures and two fearsome threats to them: skuas and humans.

I really liked the illustrations in the book, especially of the penguins (of course). I was kind of thrown by the tone of the book. It starts out lighthearted but then takes an unexpected dark turn with skuas destroying penguin eggs and the book fades out with the looming threat of a
Canadian Reader
Sep 09, 2014 Canadian Reader rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short enough read for young children that can encourage discussion about the human impact on a pristine land. Emperor and Adelie penguins, Weddell and leopard seals, and Skuas are all briefly introduced as are the machines and noises of man--the icebreakers with their crunching and crashing and the whirring of helicopters. The book has an open ending: what will happen to animals who know their natural predators and prey with this new creature in the picture? Recommended for grade 2-6. Lovely a ...more
Sarah Adamson
Really 3 1/2 stars. It's a good picture book teaching about the penguins and seals in Antarctica, their breeding habits and their natural predators. It goes on to talk about humans and human damage to their habitats. However it is a picture book and is a bit scary for the age range suggested. Scientific and accurate but read to youngsters with caution.
Oct 15, 2015 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: penguins
wasn't expecting man to show his mark in this book, would probably liked it more w/out our footsteps on the land
The book is written from the point of view of the animals of Antarctica as they live their life which is interrupted by humans.

The book has a good premise about how animals are affected by humanity. But, the story is disjointed. Some animals get 6 pages of the story, some only one page. And the human element isn't introduced until later in the book.

It still could be used effectively, with support, as part of a climate change or human footprint lesson.
Dec 06, 2011 Matthew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animal-books
This simple book about the inhabitants of Antarctica and disruptive nature of the human interference is simple and well told. I enjoyed this book, though it left me wanting more at the end. A good addition to a section on Antarctica for primary and early intermediate readers.
Feb 11, 2009 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cute book. Great artwork. Shows three types of animals and when they lay eggs or have pups. Tells about their enemies.
Kathryn Joyce
An information but a story book about the animals of Antarctica. Would be used in a unit about animals or geography.
Oct 09, 2011 Kayleigh rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Nicely illustrated. Easy read. Very factual. Would recommend this to small children.
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