Antarctica is the coldest place on earth. Ice covers the mountains, the valleys, and even the sea. In this frozen winter world, every creature is waiting for summer to come.
When the sunny days arrive, a burst of new life begins. A mother Weddell seal finds a safe spot on the surface of the ice to have her baby. Nearby, a little Adélie penguin steals rocks from his neighbor to make a nest. A big emperor penguin works hard to find enough food for his newly hatched chick. The young animals must grow quickly, for summer in Antarctica is brief, and all too soon it will be winter once again.
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Jim Mastro is a writer and photographer who has spent many years in Antarctica. He writes about science and wildlife and is the author of several books and numerous articles. This is his first children's book. Mr. Mastro lives with his wife and son in New Hampshire.
Norbert Wu is a filmmaker and photographer who specializes in marine issues. He has photographed in nearly every conceivable underwater locale and has received three National Science Foundation Artists and Writers Grants, as well as a Pew Marine Conservation Fellowship, the world's only prize dedicated to marine conservation. The author of several books, including Fish Faces. Mr. Wu lives near Monterey, California.
Grade 2-4-Antarctic ice breaks apart and melts during the long days of the short summer season, allowing renewal of the food supply for the region's water animals. Wu's handsome photographs take viewers beneath the ice and into the water as well as onto the icy shore in this brief introduction to some of the animals living here year-round or migrating for the season. Sea stars, urchins, and jellyfish glow on the ocean floor, sometimes eating one another and also waiting for the algae growing under the sunlit ice. The simple text explains how the algae, along with tiny amphipods, phytoplankton, and krill, flourish in the summer to be eaten by fish and larger animals and details how creatures like Weddell seals, and emperor and Ad‚lie penguins give birth to their young on the sea ice. Only the fish, mentioned several times, never come into view except for one lone hider. Splendid shots show the larger animals on land with their offspring or swimming beneath the widening sea. The explanations of seasonal change, the food chain, and life cycles and behavior are a sketchy but adequate introduction to life in this challenging environment. This book has a bit more information than Bruce McMillan's Summer Ice: Life along the Antarctic Peninsula (Houghton, 1995). The fine camera work, and the pairing of large and small photographs on black pages provide many appealing views and a striking sense of this stark landscape and watery world.
Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston
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Book Description Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110805065172
Book Description Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0805065172
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