Greetings from Antarctica

Greetings from Antarctica

by Sara Wheeler
     
 

Antarctica is the coldest, most alien place on Earth. The only animals that can survive there are penguins, seals, seabirds and whales, and the only humans to be found are visiting research scientists. Through letters to her godson, Daniel, and her own photographs, Sara Wheeler tells the story of her experiences at the bottom of the world.

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Overview

Antarctica is the coldest, most alien place on Earth. The only animals that can survive there are penguins, seals, seabirds and whales, and the only humans to be found are visiting research scientists. Through letters to her godson, Daniel, and her own photographs, Sara Wheeler tells the story of her experiences at the bottom of the world.

Travel writer Sara Wheeler spent seven months in Antarctica. She is the author of the best selling Terra Incognita, a book about her experiences on the ice.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
British author Wheeler whisks children to the globe's most southern land in this conversational distillation of the experiences described in her adult book, Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica. A letter to her godson, Daniel, provides the focal point of each scrapbook-style spread. Supported by breezy anecdotes, photographs and fact-filled captions, she charts her progress crossing this icy continent, offering information on Antarctica's history, topography, wildlife and climate. She brings home the fascinating details of habitation in the cold, austere land with descriptions of her clothing, food, modes of transportation and forms of entertainment (there's no television on the South Pole). Informal yet informative, the narrative achieves a welcome balance of past and present, providing notes on the exploits of early-20th-century explorers as well as experiments conducted by scientists currently working in Antarctica. Wheeler's fresh sense of humor makes her journey all the more diverting: "Here I am discussing important matters with the locals," reads a caption alongside a photo of her holding a microphone out to a pair of emperor penguins. Spectacular photos of the Antarctic landscape depict the sun setting behind mountains of ice at summer's end and the author at the foot of the Barne glacier. A warm account of the coldest spot on earth. Ages 9-up. (June) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 1-5-A visually attractive introduction to the frozen South that covers geography, geology, ecology, history, and climate. Wheeler, who spent several months traveling in Antarctica, describes her journey in a series of letters to her godson. She includes the sort of details about life in this polar region that would thrill a child who had been left behind: how to keep a warm sleeping bag from melting the ice beneath the sleeper, how humans entertain themselves in a land with no television, how Christmas is celebrated in the Antarctic summer. Double-page spreads present additional text, charts, diagrams, and full-color photos that include snapshots of the author. Small maps that look to be digital satellite views chart her travels around the continent. Although the book takes an informal approach, there is plenty of basic report information here, and even a recipe for bread and butter pudding. There are many recent juvenile titles on Antarctica, but this one is worthy of purchase for its zesty presentation and its "you are there" immediacy.-Sue Sherif, Fairbanks North Star Borough Public Library, AK Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In an eye-opening companion to such works as Jennifer Armstrong's Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World (1999) and Elizabeth Cody Kimmel's Ice Story (p. 66) on Shackleton, readers get a contemporary look at Antarctica. Wheeler offers a scrapbook-style travelogue of her seven-month stint on the world's coldest continent. Letters to her godson, Daniel, describe a harsh environment so cold that dental fillings fall out. Double-page spreads dotted with full-color snapshots form short chapters on the icy region, suiting up, the difficulties of everyday existence, food and drink, shelter, transportation, entertainment, and wildlife. The last third of the volume is devoted to current scientific pursuits as well as an overview of famous expeditions to the nearly uninhabitable "bottom of the planet." The cheery photographs�most by the author�show her dwarfed by the Barne glacier, posing with Emperor penguins, even building an igloo. While the chatty letters highlight personal details of the trip, boxed inserts provide background information. Key dates in Antarctic history complete this accessible profile, ideal as entry into units on the region. (maps, charts, diagrams, futher reading, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780872262959
Publisher:
School Specialty Publishing
Publication date:
01/15/1999
Edition description:
1 AMER ED
Pages:
44
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
9 - 18 Years

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