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Antarctica

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  78 ratings  ·  10 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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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
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.
Lumi / Otso
this was the first nonfiction book i have read with lumi. it's kind of exciting to start this phase of her reading life.
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.
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.
Matthew
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.
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.
Mary
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.
Kayleigh
Nicely illustrated. Easy read. Very factual. Would recommend this to small children.
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