Bodies from the Ice: Melting Glaciers and the Recovery of the Past

Bodies from the Ice: Melting Glaciers and the Recovery of the Past

by James M. Deem


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ISBN-13: 9780618800452
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 10/06/2008
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 792,370
Product dimensions: 11.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: 1180L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 12 Years

About the Author

James M. Deem is the author of numerous books for young readers, including 3 NB of Julian Drew, Bodies from the Ice: Melting Glaciers and the Rediscovery of the Past, and Faces From the Past. Mr. Deem lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona.

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"An intriguing read, complementing the author's highly commended Bodies from the Bog (1998) and Bodies from the Ash (2005), with a bonus environmental message."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"There are books about melting glaciers and books about frozen bodies, but this attractive offering combines the topics in a way that will intrigue readers . . . Heavily illustrated with historical memorabilia as well as photos of bodies, scenery, artifacts, and rather simplistic maps, this offers a lot to look at and learn about."—Booklist

"With its extensive bibliography, suggested Web sites, and a listing of glaciers to visit, Bodies is a fantastic resource. Deem superbly weaves diverse geographical settings, time periods, and climate issues into a readable work that reveals the increasing interdisciplinary dimensions of the sciences."—School Library Journal, starred review

"Glaciers—and the preserved past they offer up—give us an intriguing peek into various cultures, yielding information on everything from human sacrifice to occult superstition to sporting endeavors. As the book concludes, a striking irony becomes evident: glaciers continue to melt at an alarming rate, warranting caution and concern for the global environment, yet even as they dwindle they offer up more clues to our human past. The book design, with its variety of photographs, captions, and sidebars, seals the appeal."—Horn Book

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Bodies from the Ice: Melting Glaciers and the Recovery of the Past 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
joel07 on LibraryThing 12 hours ago
Information gem about global warming, the effects it has on us and the discoveries that have been achieved because of it. This book uses wonderful photographs to enhance the stories told. The many chapters all tell different stories about people found after the Glaciers have melted.
AllisonBates on LibraryThing 12 hours ago
Bodies from the Ice by James M. Dean1.This nonfiction, science based, illustrated book beings with the story of a married couple that accidentally trekked upon the preserved remains of a mummy, later dubbed Otzi, in the mountains between Italy and Austria. Otzi was determined to have lived in the Copper Age, making him the oldest human corpse ever preserved by freezing. Bodies from the Ice goes on to describe stories of other similar situations of preserved artifacts due to ice and glaciers. One of the most intriguing, the ¿Mystery of Mallery¿, describes clues left by glaciers that might determine whether or not two men in 1924 were the first to actually scale Mount Everest. Such interesting stories and vivid photographs combine to create a nonfiction collection of the marvels of the preserving nature of ice.2.Students can use this book to provide interesting points to a more bland scientific description of the facts given. Have students pick a chapter and write a narrative on the real life stories. Make sure they know to use fact, but allow them to creatively fill in holes to their stories, such as names of unknown mountaineers and even what they think could have happened to them. Discuss how the stories students wrote were historical fiction, since though they were based on true events, the stories themselves did not actually take place. Also, class activities centered on researching other stories of ice excavation could result in presentations of the most interesting ¿mysteries¿ that the students found. Give a vocabulary quiz on scientific terms used in the book. Also, set up a time line for when all these events happened, and when the remains of the actual people were discovered.3.To not be a scientifically minded individual (history appeals to me much more), this book was somewhat interesting. Usually straight fact seems to drone on, but the mystery of not having all pieces of the story of a real person¿s life really appealed to me. I feel like in the classroom, if I can channel this appeal to the students, they can appreciate scientifically based nonfiction as well. If I approach such a book as this as full of mysteriously unanswered stories, maybe students can enjoy it on the level that I did, despite their content preference.
theCajunLibrarian on LibraryThing 12 hours ago
The stunning pictures in this book will captivate readers, causing them to dig further into the icy tales of expeditions and human sacrifices as well as how glacial movement has affected our history and will impact our futures.
flemmily on LibraryThing 12 hours ago
Bodies from the Ice takes a look at glaciers and how they work to preserve pieces of our past - human bodies. The book covers bodies found in the Alps, the Andes, the Himalayas, and even in Canada, from copper age mummies to lost explorers of the past century. It examines the change in the rate of glacial melt and discusses what readers can do about it.Bodies covers a fascinating subject from many angles. The emphasis is on process and science, rather than anthropological speculation. At times the book is overly detailed about the behavior of glaciers, but it returns to anthropology and recaptures the reader's interest. The section at the end on personal ways to help the environment and effects of glacial melt seems to be a bit of an afterthought, and is the weakest part of the book. Deem treats his gruesome subject in a very matter of fact fashion; he is neither too delicate nor cavalier.Both color and historical photographs, as well as maps, are this book's primary illustrations. The photos feel a little National Geographic-y. The pictures of dead bodies are unapologetic and frankly, but not gratuitously, gruesome.Bodies from the Ice is simple and clearly written but not babyish. Older children, teens, and adults may find this book interesting.The photos of dead bodies are realistic and gruesome. The chapter on Incan child sacrifice is particularly graphic. Some parents may wish to shield their children from these images. Some children may want to shield themselves from these images, particularly if they are prone to nightmares.
sdl149 on LibraryThing 12 hours ago
Bodies from the Ice: Melting Glaciers and the Recovery of the Past by James M. Deem is about how through the melting of the glaciers, bodies have been discovered that help provide information about the past. The first body that Deem mentions is the body of Otzi, a 5,300 year old mummy that is exceedingly well preserved. The body gave lots of insight into how he lived, what he probably did for a living, and how he died. Deem also mentions the bodies of Incan children found that gave insight into their culture as well as the body of an explorer that was thought to never be recovered, and of a body of a Native American that was reclaimed by the descendents of his tribe.This book could be used in a classroom setting to entice the reader into wanting to read more as well as maybe getting them interested in a scientific genre. This book could be used in a science class, a history class, as well as a reading class. In the science class, the teacher could go over how the glaciers hide evidence of events as they form and how they release the evidence as the glacier recedes. It could be used in a history class to inform students about how the discoveries of these bodies can lead to a greater understanding of these lost people¿s culture. I really enjoyed this book! I love learning more about science and history and when they are combined it is like a match made in heaven for me! When I was younger, I wanted to be an archeologist when I grew up. I¿ve since changed that goal, but my love of history and science is still at the forefront. I loved reading about the cultures that these lost and then found people came from and how their lives might have been back then. I was especially interested in reading about the Incan children that were sacrificed by their tribes. I knew that there was human sacrifice but I always thought that the sacrifices were adults. This was a really good, informational book that I would love to own.
StephanieWA on LibraryThing 12 hours ago
This book is beautifully organised, with illustrations, stunning photographs, sidebars, maps and captions. It has everything a student needs in a non-fiction book, including a simple table of contents and easy to use index, suggested website, a list of glaciers to visit, and biographical information for added research. The language in this book is age-appropriate and is engaging, with a good range of options for reading levels.
cbruiz on LibraryThing 12 hours ago
In this book about bodies frozen in ice and found, James Deem shows pictures, shares personal depictions and offers information about the lives and findings of bodies found in the ice. The first tale is of Otzi, a man preseerved for 5,300 years under a rocky depression in the Alps. The book has pictures of the man, killed by a shot to the head, and stuck with an arrowhead, after having fought for his life. The man bore bluish black tattoos made from powdered charcoal. In the Andes bodies of sacrificed children are found when ancient natives offered amenities to their Gods. One of which, the first forzen mummy found, the prince of El Plomo, 8 years old, was sacrificed to prevent famine, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. Another, Juanita, the first female Incan body was found with her heart filled with blood and lungs filled with air, her brain resembling death only moments prior. This very comprehensive book offers a plethora of information and other tales of other bodies. A bit graphic and in-depth, the book may be a bit too much for the younger child, but still a valuable book on the subject. Although, I personally lost interest about half way through, my opinion does not reflect the extensive nature on the subject depicted.
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing 12 hours ago
Two tourists were hiking in the mountains between Austria and Italy when they saw something they thought was trash. It turned out to be a human body, preserved in the ice for over 5,000 years. As the world's glaciers continue to melt, more and more discoveries are being made. Artifacts and human remains that were lost long ago are coming back to the surface. An interesting book for those interested in ancient history and exploration. Gruesome photos and the promise of dead bodies up the kid appeal. The book also includes scientific information about glaciers and the environment.
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Little_Raven More than 1 year ago
Bodies from the Ice is a very good book. It is very interesting and I like the pictures even though some of them are a little gross. I enjoyed the book because it has a lot of history in it which is my favorite subject! There is also a lot of science in it. This is one of my favorite books and I hope you enjoy it too.