The Kids Book of the Far North

The Kids Book of the Far North

by Jocelyne Bouchard, Jane Drake, Ann Love
     
 
The Far North is a region shared by Canada, the U.S. (Alaska), Russia, Denmark (Greenland), Norway, Iceland, Sweden and Finland. For those who don't live there, the region appears to be a bleak, desolate place of snow, ice, glaciers and bitter cold. But the Far North is home to many plants, animals and people who have developed remarkable ways of adapting to one of

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The Far North is a region shared by Canada, the U.S. (Alaska), Russia, Denmark (Greenland), Norway, Iceland, Sweden and Finland. For those who don't live there, the region appears to be a bleak, desolate place of snow, ice, glaciers and bitter cold. But the Far North is home to many plants, animals and people who have developed remarkable ways of adapting to one of the harshest climates on Earth. This book in the Kids Book of series examines the region's fascinating history, modern life and fragile ecosystem with facts, stories, legends, illustrations, timelines and maps.

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Booklist
This sweeping but not superficial overview will be useful both for environmental and cultural studies.
From the Publisher
This sweeping but not superficial overview will be useful both for environmental and cultural studies.

While some children will enjoy browsing this title, the index makes it useful for ready reference or reports. An up-to-date, accessible overview.

Children's Literature
Is the world of children's literature saturated with 48-page, bite-size nonfiction yet? While many of these well-illustrated aids to education work fairly well, as this one does, I'm getting that oh-not-another-one feeling with each new title. Still, this mini-view of the territory north of the treeline is welcome. Hardly anyone knows anything about life in the eight countries sharing all that frigid space around the Arctic Circle, where winter takes on a whole new meaning. Exposed skin can freeze in less than a minute. Two legends, one from the Nenets people of Siberia and the other from the Inuit, emphasize the profound differences between folk of the far north and the rest of us, but both are pretty grisly from a female point of view. This title succeeds best when it sticks to the facts about the polar sky, the plants (love those woolly louseworts), the animals and birds, and the culture of places around the chilly northern circle. For the first time I really understand permafrost. The text, however, loses historic or scientific objectivity when it asks loaded questions such as, "Are animal rights more important than the rights of people to live the way they have lived for thousands of years?" One might ask in return, "Is it right to kill every single whale just so people can live the way their ancestors did?" As a long-time teacher, I doubt that young readers are apt to question any book's agenda, and so I believe that informational books should not have agendas. Just the facts, thanks. 2000, Kids Can Press, $15.95. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: Joan Carris
How do the people of the Arctic live? We temperate zone dwellers can't imagine life in such cold temperatures. This book explores the life of Arctic people, their customs, history, fauna, and more. It is nicely illustrated and provides a good gift option. 2000, Kids Can Press, $15.95. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: A. Braga SOURCE: Parent Council Volume 8
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-This book covers the history and natural and human ecology of the circumpolar area. Double-page illustrated spreads cover several aspects of the arctic landscape, plant and animal life, peoples, riches, and everyday life. A minor flaw is that the map does not locate the peoples (Yupik, Nenets, Saami, Evenki, etc.) mentioned in the text. However, the authors and illustrator are careful to show them in their historical and contemporary contexts, and the information will encourage meaningful discussions of topics often glossed over in other books about the Arctic. For example, the section on whale hunting is factual in tone, and the "Eco Watch" sidebar asks, "Are animal rights more important than the rights of people to live the way they have lived for thousands of years?" A double-page spread entitled "Life in a Modern Town" briefly addresses many of the issues of contemporary life in the north (health care, building housing on permafrost, the difficulties of waste disposal in a frozen environment). A couple of "Elder Tales" recount traditional lore. Numerous full-color illustrations accompany the text. While some children will enjoy browsing this title, the index makes it useful for ready reference or reports. An up-to-date, accessible overview.-Sue Sherif, Fairbanks North Star Borough Public Library, AK Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554532582
Publisher:
Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date:
09/28/2009
Series:
Kids Book of Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 11.90(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
IG1140L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Jane Drake, with her co-author and sister Ann Love, has co-authored many award-winning non fiction books for kids including The Kids Book of the Night Sky, The Kids Book of the Far North, The Kids Cottage Book, and most recently, Alien Invaders: Species that Threaten Our World. Their works usually have an environmental flavor. Jane lives in Toronto.

Ann Love, with her co-author and sister Jane Drake, has co-authored many award-winning non fiction books for kids including The Kids Book of the Night Sky, The Kids Book of the Far North, The Kids Cottage Book, and most recently, Alien Invaders: Species that Threaten Our World. Their works always have an environmental flavor. Ann lives in the Toronto area.

Born in Saguenay, Québec, Jocelyne Bouchard has been a professional illustrator for more than twenty years. She graduated from Laval University with a degree in Graphic Design and has worked with editorial and advertising agencies in Québec, Ontario and the United States.

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