The ice that surrounds Antarctica is immense and awe-inspiring. Despite extreme conditions, animal life is prolific, from tiny phytoplankton to seals, seabirds and whales. Meredith Hooper and Lucia deLeiris accompanied an expedition to Antarctica during 1998-99, sponsored by the US National Science Foundation. From their journals, drawings and paintings, they have created this book documenting the remarkable ecosystem. The book introduces children to the worlds above and beneath the pack ice, the ocean lying just below the ice, and on the narrow strip of coastline. Maps of the area are included, and there is a glossary and an introductory spread with photos of the expedition.
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Meredith Hooper was born in Australia. An Antarctic specialist, she has made several research trips to the continent. In 2000 she was awarded the Antarctica Medal by the US Congress. Her books for Frances Lincoln include The Pebble in my Pocket, which is the only children's book ever to be shortlisted for the Dingle History of Science Book Award. Lucia deLeiris is an American painter who has exhibited her work widely throughout the US. A zoologist by training, she combines science and art in her work. The illustrator of Natural History of the Antarctic Peninsular, her work for children includes posters for National Geographic, two Dover Colouring Books, and classroom materials for the US Department of Fish and Wildlife.From School Library Journal:
Gr 5-7-A lyrical account of a summer spent at Palmer Station, an American scientific base on Anvers Island. Illustrated with engaging sketches and luminous watercolors by an artist/zoologist, the book is pleasing to eye and mind, and informative as well. Hooper's lively text describes a variety of life-forms in this harsh habitat, from diatoms to elephant seals, from krill to giant petrels. It records the climatic changes that are affecting the ecology of this remotest landmass, and the glowing illustrations and maps perfectly complement the rich descriptions. Additional attention is given to the food web, the importance of sea ice, and global warming. Team this title with Joyce Powzyk's elegant In Search of Lemurs: My Days and Nights in a Madagascar Rain Forest (National Geographic, 1998) and Virginia Wright-Frierson's polished A Desert Scrapbook: Dawn to Dusk in the Sonoran Desert (S & S, 1996) to demonstrate how art and science can be blended to create an informative whole that is beautiful as well.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
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