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Children's LiteratureThey live poles apart—penguins only near the South Pole and polar bears only near the North Pole. These two remote and mysterious places at the opposite ends of the earth have fascinated people for centuries. The author shares their rich history and their scientific importance. Human involvement with the poles is fascinating as people search for answers about the earth's magnetic field, the drift of continents and changes in climate. There is lots of scientific information about the earth and the poles but also a chapter about the Inuit people, sometimes called Eskimos. Along with chapters about the penguins and the polar bears, there is the long history of the Arctic featuring the Greeks, Polynesians and Europeans and who was the first to claim the Poles. "The Poles Today: Lessons from the Ice" brings the information up-to-date. This book is a fine addition to any school or public library as well as a purchase for the avid reader on the subject. 2004, Viking, Ages 10 to 17.