Antarctica: The Heart of the World

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Named a "Best Book of the Year" by Science Books & Films

"Librarians acquiring this book, a must-have for any scientific collection, can be assured that it will contribute to some reader's decision to visit or work in Antarctica."—VOYA

"This is an eye-catching book packed with gems for browsing, and the presentation makes it suitable for reports."—School Library Journal

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Overview

Named a "Best Book of the Year" by Science Books & Films

"Librarians acquiring this book, a must-have for any scientific collection, can be assured that it will contribute to some reader's decision to visit or work in Antarctica."—VOYA

"This is an eye-catching book packed with gems for browsing, and the presentation makes it suitable for reports."—School Library Journal

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
The 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
VOYA - Mary E. Heslin
"This book can be the beginning of your Antarctic journey," writes Tulloch in the introduction to her splendid tribute to the land that ancient Greeks imagined and named Antarkikos. Tulloch writes out of her experiences as a voyager on an Antarctic resupply ship to illuminate the continent's geologic history, its flora and fauna, and its importance to the global ecosystem. She also addresses the early and continuing human explorations and their impact on the region asw ell as the area's rich potential and possible future problems. The writing is clear, and the science is comprehensible without the slightest sense of talking down to youthful readers. Further reading suggestions, including Web sites, and a wealth of visual aides accompanies the text. NASA's imagery-Antarctica as seen from space and its sea surface elevation survey map-takes the breath away. But so does the land photography-the Mawson ice scape, the crevasses, the icebergs, the albatross chick, and the isolated expeditioners standing in a line to greet an arriving ship. The scope and diversity of Tulloch's visuals, including her own sketches and maps, is comprehensive. The book projects Tulloch's awe of this "highest, driest, windiest, coldest, cleanest, most isolated . . . continent on Earth," but it is not without its sense of fun. She includes Antarctic slang, for example, "snotsicles" and "toast," the mental state induced by long periods "on the ice." Librarians acquiring this book, a must-have for any scientific collection, can be assured that it will contribute to some reader's decision to visit or work in Antarctica.
School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-This slim volume packs a lot into its pages. The text is dense and informative, covering history, local life, science, society, the subantarctic, and the future. Tulloch discusses environmental problems and explains how human waste is handled. Other voices, such as a doctor's and geologist's, are quoted in sidebars. The book stresses the importance of protecting Antarctica. Photos vary in quality and many are postage-stamp size. They are crammed together, with sometimes as many as 10 images on a single page. They are all well captioned, but the effect is cluttered. The attractive watercolor illustrations are a bit larger. This is an eye-catching book packed with gems for browsing, and the presentation makes it suitable for reports.-Amelia Jenkins, Juneau Public Library, AK Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592700547
  • Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books
  • Publication date: 4/1/2006
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Coral Tulloch is an author and illustrator who has created over 50 books for children. She also is the creator of a syndicated page for children that ran for over 20 years in Australian newspapers and internationally as well. Passionate about environmental education, Tulloch is especially committed to doing books on the natural world. Coral Tulloch is an author and illustrator who has created over 50 books for children. She also is the creator of a syndicated page for children that ran for over 20 years in Australian newspapers and internationally as well. Passionate about environmental education, Tulloch is especially committed to doing books on the natural world.

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