Scholastic Discover More: Polar Animals

Scholastic Discover More: Polar Animals

by Penelope Arlon
     
 

A collection of favorite animals for newly confident readers.

Meet the animals of the Arctic and Antarctic: from polar bears, the largest land predators on Earth, to emperor penguins, which waddle miles over the ice to balance eggs on their feet. Learn about record breakers of the ocean, such as blue whales, and record breakers of the skies, such as Arctic

Overview


A collection of favorite animals for newly confident readers.

Meet the animals of the Arctic and Antarctic: from polar bears, the largest land predators on Earth, to emperor penguins, which waddle miles over the ice to balance eggs on their feet. Learn about record breakers of the ocean, such as blue whales, and record breakers of the skies, such as Arctic terns, which make longer migrations than any other animal. Signature Discover More photography and facts make this an essential guide to the most distant parts of our planet. The digital companion book features the story of a polar bear family surviving another year on the shrinking Arctic ice.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Judy Crowder
We hear a lot these days about the polar areas of our blue planet, the north and south poles, or, properly speaking, the Arctic and Antarctic, especially in connection with global warming. Sometimes, the more we hear, the more we want to know. What areas do these include? Are they just ice? Do animals live there and if they do, what animals are they? How in the world can birds, fish, or animals thrive there? This book, part of Scholastic’s “Discover More” series, provides young readers with a fine overview of life at the poles, or, as the authors put it, “the top and the bottom of the world.” The book begins with an obvious question: keeping warm, with blubber dense fur or feathers. Polar babies have it rough with few places to hide from predators plus food scarcity so that animal parents go far afield to hunt. The authors also discuss adaptations that help polar animals get around—large furry feet of the arctic hare, sharp eyesight of a snowy owl, a protein that acts like antifreeze in some fish. Do the poles have seasons? Yes, and both Arctic and Antarctic are detailed here. Most chapters concentrate on the animals: permanent residents such as seals, walruses, snowy owls, arctic hares, musk oxen, wolves as well as seasonal visitors: whales and countless sea birds. The Antarctic is home to many kinds of penguins. Readers can also learn about animals’ reproduction, hunting behavior, predator avoidance, migration. Especially interesting are chapters about the Inuit people who strive to live in harmony with their environment and the creatures in it. The book is full of information and packed with pictures. It includes an interview with an Arctic scientist, glossary, and extensive index. Reviewer: Judy Crowder; Ages 6 to 12.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545667777
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
06/24/2014
Series:
Scholastic Discover More Series
Pages:
80
Sales rank:
740,144
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
820L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author


Penny Arlon writes children's nonfiction, taking inspiration from her own children. Her books range from preschool titles to family reference books, and include the Art Attack books, based on the award-winning CITV (UK) children's television program, and all 14 titles in Dorling Kindersley's Eye Know series.

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