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Beautiful, full-color photographs and an engaging first-person narrative introduce young readers to an Ade+a7lie penguin family's first view of the harsh, wild Antarctic environment.
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Grade 10 Up-Davis employs an unusual format in an effort to make science more accessible. He endows an Adelie penguin with a human voice, thereby enabling him to be the spokesperson for his kind and for a land that has no native people to tell its tales. Endless cold winds batter the aquatic bird; hungry leopard seals threaten to explode suddenly through the ice floes; starvation and the struggle to raise young are a part of every penguin's life. But in spite of this relentless harshness, it is the continent's vulnerability that makes it so unforgiving, and Davis shows how this fragile ecosystem can easily be destroyed by human thoughtlessness. The lyrical text tells an emotional tale without sacrificing accuracy. While there is an abundance of information included, the strength of this book lies in Spencer's ability to make the whole greater than the sum of all the facts. Combined with excellent-quality full-color and black-and-white photographs, the narrative achieves a fine feel for this hostile land and its inhabitants, and ultimately a respect and caring for what will happen to them. While the language is too sophisticated for even junior high audiences and the approach precludes usage for reports, this unique presentation provides plenty of interesting discussion material for older teens and adults.
Lisa Wu Stowe, Great Neck Library, NY
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Book Description Harcourt Childrens Books, 1994. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0152000704
Book Description Harcourt Childrens Books. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0152000704 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW7.0967118
Book Description Harcourt, 1994. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0152000704