Seven Weeks on an Iceberg: A Journy to the Coldest Place on the Planet...Antarctica

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Follow their royal highnesses, Queen and King Penguin, on a tour of Antarctica. This normally regal couple really rough it as they learn how penguins keep warm, why they are black and white, and why they don't live somewhere warmer! Readers of all ages will find this fact-filled introduction to the coldest place on earth?and the animals who live there?super cool.

Over the course of seven weeks, examines the activities of a group of ...

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Overview

Follow their royal highnesses, Queen and King Penguin, on a tour of Antarctica. This normally regal couple really rough it as they learn how penguins keep warm, why they are black and white, and why they don't live somewhere warmer! Readers of all ages will find this fact-filled introduction to the coldest place on earth—and the animals who live there—super cool.

Over the course of seven weeks, examines the activities of a group of penguins in Antarctica.

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Editorial Reviews

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HUNGRY MIND
"Our guides for these trips are a trio of computer illustrations...They show up among the stunning photographs and offer friendly and amusing quips...you almost get the feeling you are on safari with the Simpsons."
Parents-Choice
Seven Weeks on an Iceberg has been chosen as the 1999 Parent's Choice Recommended winners!
Parent Council
This handsome book combines magnificent photography, whimsical illustrations, and informative text conveyed in a kid-friendly, conversational style. It's a marvelous introduction to seventeen species of penguins and thier Antarctic home. Discover how penguins keep warm, why they are black and white, and why these "bird brains" don't live in a warmer place!
Children's Literature - Linnea Hendrickson
An amazing amount of information about penguins is provided in this lively and graphically interesting informational book. The cartoon characters King and Queen Penguin travel on an iceberg to learn about the many varieties of Antarctic penguins. "Why-o-why-o-why don't you birdbrains live somewhere warmer?" they ask at the beginning, and by the end both they and the readers know at least some of the answers. Cartoons and speech balloons are effectively juxtaposed with photographs, subheadings, text, and fact boxes. A list of sources for further information would have been nice. "Doodlezoo" series.
Kirkus Reviews
Potter (see review, above) takes the picture-book set on a quick trip to Antarctica to see the penguins in this easy science title in the Doodlezoo series. A whimsically drawn pair of characters called King and Queen Penguin—superimposed on full-color photographs—narrate, listing the 17 species of penguins, describing feathers, protective coloration, adaptations, food, nesting, raising young, and surviving in the world's coldest place. Most of the photographs show emperor and Adélie penguins, but the facts are often general, e.g., "some penguins can dive to depths of over 1000 feet" and "a penguin chick hatches after about five to thirteen weeks, depending on species." The penguins shown in the photographs aren't always identified, and the general statement, "many [of the 17 species] live in and around Antarctica," doesn't really indicate where they are located and whether the species share nesting areas. Children will enjoy the silly balloons of dialogue that appear throughout; this book isn't essential, but it's fun. (map) (Picture book. 8-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811820684
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 4/1/1999
  • Series: Doodlezoo Series
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 1.00 (w) x 1.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Keith R. Potter has worked as an illustrator, designer and art director. Recently, he was an affiliate artist-in-residence at the Marin Headlands Center for the Arts in California. These are his first books for children.

Jana Leo is an artist who has exhibited her film and photographic work in New York and Europe. Ms. Leo is currently studying architecture. These, too, are her first published books for children.

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