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Antarctica

3.49  ·  Rating Details ·  97 Ratings  ·  20 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 animals hope can share this fragile world with them in peace.

Antarctica is a 1990 New York Times Book Review
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Paperback, 40 pages
Published November 24th 2009 by Square Fish (first published 1990)
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Jackie
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.
Emily
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.
Lumi / Otso
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.
Tori Underwood
This is an informational text that is about the different animals that live in Antarctica and about the how the go about their lives.

I enjoyed this book because I know how much students love to learn about far away, unfamiliar place like Antarctica.

I would use this book in my classroom to teach students about animals and climate in Antarctica.
Natalie Santangelo
This is an informational book that would be really influential with students about Antartica, what is "down there", and the environment. This would be great for students learning about the continents and how to become familiar with a place that is so far from us, where we might not visit.
Ali
Mar 04, 2017 Ali rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fair to middling book with general info about penguins and an environmentalist message.
Victoria Johnson
Sep 28, 2016 Victoria Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: el-230
This book is fairly informational for younger kids. It talks about penguins and seals in Antarctica and gives a background of the fear they may have when humans bring unknown objects to their habitat.
Kathryn
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
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
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Canadian Reader
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
J-Lynn
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.
Alex Housman
Dec 01, 2016 Alex Housman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: information
This book is a delight to read! The illustrations are realistic but not too scary for children. Learning points include the Adelie penguins, sea leapords, and skuas and how they all share the land of Antarctica. The highlighting factor of this book is what happens after an empire penguin lays her egg and humans come. The helicopter destroys their area, never to return, and they leave their eggs behind for the Skuas to feast on.
Cc Fortenberry
This book is about the different kinds of penguins and seals in their natural habitat of Antarctica. It describes the birth of new babies and how the animals feel when humans come into their home.

This book was very informative. I loved the illustrations and thought they were absolutely beautiful.

I personally would not use this book in therapy
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.
Matthew
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.
Mary
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.
AMY PRIDGEN
Oct 14, 2016 AMY PRIDGEN rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Grades K-2
Non-Fiction; Simple book with nice illustrations of this polar land. It explains the concept well. Gr. K-2; Highly recommended
Kathryn Joyce
An information but a story book about the animals of Antarctica. Would be used in a unit about animals or geography.
Jim
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
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