What is it like to live in a tiny polar haven for two months? To paint penguins outdoors in freezing weather? To be flipper-slapped by a bird whose wings are powerful enough to propel it swiftly through frigid waters? To look into the oddly expressive eyes of a penguin chick?
With charming watercolors and intriguing journal entries, this book inspires our curiosity. Sophie Webb gives readers a vivid, frank, firsthand account of what it is like to spend a season in a land not yet affected by people, yet populated for centuries by true dwellers of the Antarctic — the fearless, round-bellied, pink-footed, gliding, diving, utterly adept Adélie penguins.
|Publisher:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|Sold by:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|File size:||24 MB|
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|Age Range:||9 - 11 Years|
About the Author
Sophie Webb is often at sea. Research ships have taken her to many shores, including those of Hawaii, Mexico, Central and South America, Alaska, and the Antarctic. Her ornithological illustrations appear in A Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Northern Central America, of which she is co-author. She lives in Bolinas, California.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Genre: This book is a good example of realistic fiction. All of the events in the book are plausible and are continually being done. The journal entry format allowed for information to be given as if from an explorer while still discussing the characters (human).Setting: 4 starsAge: Intermediate/Middle School
Sophie Webb received a Sibert Honor in 2001 for her documentation of her time in Antarctica. This journal allows the readers to follow her journey to the cold continent, and read about her observations of the natives in the deep, deep South; the Adélie Penguins. She provides details about everything from the preparation to the living conditions. Reading her journal entries kept my entranced. She logs in every account of her two-month stay, as well as the love she felt for the penguins. The language is a little above the average elementary reading level--the illustrations and the vocabulary seem to contrast--but the book is a documentary in text.