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Children's LiteratureThe book's cover shows a photograph of a heart shape drawn in glistening snow. Carol Tulloch, who is both author and illustrator of this book, has brought a very personal and loving view of this inhospitable continent. She traveled to Antarctica to photograph, sketch, paint, and collect notes about the climate, the animals, and the people who inhabit this icy region of the world. Throughout the text, pink boxes contain her interviews with various people who live and work on this continent, including an Antarctic geologist, a glaciologist, an ice pilot, a meteorologist, a plant ecologist, a biologist, an atmospheric and space physicist, a polar doctor, an electrician, a fire officer, a research program leader, a station leader, an Antarctic chef, a human impacts research program leader, and even a young boy. Both the boy's parents worked in Antarctica and he shares some of his experiences and impressions. Tulloch also includes excerpts from the journals made by some of the early explorers. Chapters include information on mapping the continent, its history, the ice, the climate, the wildlife, exploration, exploitation, science, and the community of people that live at the research stations. The pages are filled with lots of photographs, diagrams, maps, and illustrations. At the end of the book, the author includes a section devoted to ways the reader can help protect the Antarctic. She also includes an extensive list of acknowledgements, a bibliography, a glossary, and an index. The end paper shows a hand drawn map of the continent with place names and historical markers. 2006, Enchanted Lion Books, Ages 8 to 12.
—Sally J. K. Davies