Children's Literature - Rebecca Joseph
This interesting science text introduces readers to the day to day experiences of several women working in Antarctica. Filled with color photographs, the book presents the brave women scientists, helicopter pilots, snowplow drivers, and doctors who make their living in the frozen frontier. Readers meet Judy Coffman, the first female helicopter pilot in the squadron that supports the US Antarctic Program, Diane Stoecker, who was spending her third season studying algae and protozoa, and Jennifer Moss and Tania Zenteno-Savin who are studying Weddell seals. While it was rare to meet a woman in this frozen land thirty years ago, today they hold a variety of jobs and are not an unusual sight. The book's conversational style, excellent photographs, and easily absorbed facts make it a fascinating read.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4-8A captivating book about that frozen continent, focusing on the scientific and support work that women do there. Their tasks vary from piloting helicopters and operating huge snowplows to tagging seals, measuring glaciers, and tracking neutrinos. The style of type and the wide margins make the layout inviting. The text is smoothly presented with details and quotations blended into an informative narrative. Unfamiliar terms are explained in context. Numerous, crystal-clear photos with captions provide interesting glimpses of the women featured in the text and scenes of Antarctica. A helpful map is included. This is an excellent choice for collections needing material on nontraditional occupations as well as a valuable addition for the study of this little-understood region.Eldon Younce, Harper Elementary School, KS
In this astute look at female grit in "one of the most unspoiled and challenging environments on earth," Johnson (Investigating the Ozone Hole, 1994, etc.) recounts how, for 150 years after men first set foot on it, Antarctica remained something of a "man's world." That changed in 1969, when the first female participants in the US Antarctic Program arrived on the continent. In full-color photographs and a text that offer ready glimpses of the drama involved in such basic concerns as remaining warm, readers meet Judy Coffman, helicopter pilot; Diane Stroecker, a biologist studying algae and protozoa in sea ice; Jennifer Moss, who tags seals; Fiona Hunter, who studies penguins and other seabirds; Nelia Dunbar, a volcanologist; Ellen Mosley-Thompson, an ice core paleoclimatologist; and others. Despite the -100�F temperatures and dangerous conditions in Antarctica, readers will sense the pioneering spirit of all those attracted to this frozen white wilderness.