Spotlight on Antarctica


Discover the lowest temperatures on Earth. Learn about the place that has the fewest people, plants, and animals. Explore mountains and rivers of ice. Discover Antarctica, the continent that has them all.

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Discover the lowest temperatures on Earth. Learn about the place that has the fewest people, plants, and animals. Explore mountains and rivers of ice. Discover Antarctica, the continent that has them all.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ellen Welty
Intended for a reading audience of first and second graders, this title in the series "First Facts: Spotlight on the Continents" superficially describes the continent of Antarctica. Like the other books in the series it is characterized by a small map, color photographs and broad generalizations. The back matter includes a glossary—each entry also defined at the bottom of the page on which it appears—an index, and a brief reading list which includes the link to a website that repeats the information in the book. These efforts to add credibility to the series are noteworthy but do not compensate for the shortcomings. Like the other titles in the series, there is a lack of editorial expertise evidenced by the frequent appearance of sentences that begin with "And" or "But," in the oversimplification of many of the facts in the book, and in the lack of documentation for any of those facts. Since children often use their reference books as examples of how to properly cite information in their own reports, this carelessness is troubling. More troubling is the price tag for each title in the series, money that school librarians and teachers would be better served to spend on a subscription to National Geographic or a similar publication. The title is not recommended. Reviewer: Ellen Welty
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429666268
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2011
  • Series: Spotlight on the Continents Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: NC710L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Antarctica 5

Fast Facts about Antarctica 6

Climate 8

Landforms 11

Plants 12

Animals 15

People 17

Living in Antarctica 18

Antarctica and the World 21

Glossary 22


Internet Sites 23

Index 24

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