Provides a description of Antarctica, including its climate, plants, animals, and exploration.
Children's Literature - Nancy Garhan AtteburyUnderstanding how cold it is in Antarctica can be difficult. However, young and curious readers may learn much about the continent and its climate with this book from the "Why in the World" series. Penguins and a seal decorate the cover against a blanket of blue. Inside, seven short chapters are headed with questions for readers to think about and then answered with controlled vocabulary and easily understandable information. The twenty-four-page format is appealing to below-level students but still offers them a wealth of information. Frequent sidebar questions include facts such as the continent's lowest temperature, which dipped to a minus 129, and the fact that no country owns Antarctica. "It belongs to everyone and is only used for research." Other chapters ask, "Can Animals Live in Antarctica?" or "Do People Live in Antarctica?" Crisp, clear photos show everything from Emperor penguins to some of the first explorers.
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