Antarctic Ice

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

Photographs and text describe the varied animal life on the coldest continent, focusing on the Adâelie penguin, Weddell seal, and Orca whale.

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Debut author Mastro and Wu (Fish Faces) introduce readers to the brief but bustling Antarctic summer in this gloriously photographed work, especially noteworthy for their under- and above-water shots. One photo brings readers nose to nose with an Orca whale while another features a Weddell seal pup learning to swim with its mother. Unfortunately, the narrative format tends to bog down in its overabundant presentation of facts (from the definition of phytoplankton to the nesting habits of emperor and Ad lie penguins). Readers alternately follow the seal pup and penguin chicks through the summer, but the jumping back and forth among animals and the density of detail make the text cumbersome, e.g., "Urchins, sea stars, and little creatures called amphipods and krill eat the algae. Fish eat the amphipods and krill, and seals and penguins eat the fish. (Penguins eat krill, too)." However, spectacular scenes of animals against vivid blue skies, stark white landscapes and aquamarine ice justify and reward a long look at this book. A polished layout features a black background, with gray silhouettes of the creatures framing or peering from behind the photographs or artistically backing the white typeface. The stunning, National Geographic-like visuals will spark interest in and appreciation for the frigid polar region. Ages 4-8. (Nov.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Gr 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 Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Perhaps because Antarctica is so impossibly cold in winter, most books about it focus on the brief summer there, with the sudden burst of life that it brings. This is no exception. Where it stands apart is in the photographs. Wu, a renowned filmmaker and photographer, shows the worlds below and above the Antarctic ice with brilliant storytelling and clarity. Starfish move along the ocean floor just beneath an ice floe; a seal, startled underwater, opens his mouth wide; penguins leap from ice ledges and race underwater trailing wakes of bubbles. The text is well-written, smooth, and interesting, examining several forms of life and how they survive and thrive in such a difficult climate. But buy it for the photos. (Nonfiction. 5-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805065176
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 10/8/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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