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Wildlife photographer and science writer Wayne Lynch takes us to one of his favorite parts of the world: the Arctic. Using a plant, an animal or a phenomenon of the Far North for each letter of the alphabet, he describes the unique ways of life in a land where temperature and light can be amazingly extreme. By introducing us to the birds, mammals, insects and plants which thrive in the short yet glorious sun-filled days of summer, Lynch also shows us that the Arctic is more than just a perpetually frozen landscape.
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Wayne Lynch is the author of award-winning books and television documentaries, a popular guest lecturer and a well-known and widely published professional wildlife photographer. He is also the author of Bear, Bears, Bears, Penguins!and the adult books, A is for Arctic and Penguins of the World, also published by Firefly Books.From School Library Journal:
Grade 4-6-Inspired by his love of the arctic environment, wildlife-photographer and science-writer Lynch shares his knowledge of its animals, plants, and landscape, combining two-to-three paragraph explanations and half-to-full-page background image photographs, one for each letter of the alphabet. The scope is lopsided, as it includes 18 animals, 3 plants, and 5 other arctic phenomena such as glaciers and Inuit. The use of a singular term when more than one of the creatures is illustrated might be confusing. Another odd feature is the use of multiple animals for one letter, e.g., "Voles & Lemmings" for the letter "V." In three instances, the photograph does not match the text. The most glaring error is for "Mosquito," which shows a photograph of a marmot. (The photo for "Hibernation" appears to be a squirrel holding a chipmunk in its mouth, and "Zooplankton" depicts two polar bears.) A few of the letters and corresponding words are quite a stretch, e.g., "Under the Ice" for "U." Despite these faults, the book is engaging. The introductory description of the Arctic is particularly useful. However, the lack of an index makes locating information difficult. Donna Walsh Shepherd's Tundra (Watts, 1996) is a more effective title for this audience.
Mollie Bynum, formerly at Chester Valley Elementary School, Anchorage, AK
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Book Description Firefly Books, 1999. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1422351904
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