In this striking picture book, Madeleine Dunphy combines lyrical verse with repetition to demonstrate the food web in Antarctica. Tom Leonard's gorgeous illustrations, from the flash of orange on a penguin's beak to iridescent icebergs jutting from the sea, capture a wondrous miracle; the circle of life. HERE IS ANTARCTICA educates as it entertains, inspiring children to explore this fascinating ecosystem page by page.
Other Books in the Series: HERE IS THE AFRICAN SAVANNA, HERE ISTHE ARCTIC WINTER, HERE IS THE CORAL REEF, HERE IS THE SOUTHWESTERN DESERT, HERE IS THE TROPICAL RAIN FOREST, and HERE IS THE WETLAND. Free downloadable activities can be found on the publisher's website.
About the Author
Tom Leonard's beautiful paintings have graced the pages of several children's books, including Here Is the African Savanna by Madeleine Dunphy. His stunning artwork has been praised by Booklist as having "great visual flair," and School Library Journal wrote that his colors "delight the eye." Tom lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Rose, and teaches at the Universityof the Arts.
What People are Saying About This
Named best children's picture book - Nautilus Book Award
“This is a great book. It details the food web of Antarctica in songlike prosereminiscent of “The House that Jack Built.” The paintings are beautiful, realistic,and full of detail. The final two pages identify the illustrated species and give more detailed information on Antarctica, including how icebergs are formed andthreats to the continent. My three-year old daughter and I both love this book. Iwill be on the lookout for other “Here Is...” books in this series.”
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“A rhythmic, cumulative text and detailed acrylic paintings emphasizing the pinks, blues and grays of the icy sea and sky introduce the relationships among animals in the Antarctic ecosystem. Each double-page spread adds another animal: two species of seals, orcas, krill, petrel, silverfish, skua and three species of penguins. Like other books in the Web of Life series, this concludes with a brief explanation of the area and the animals mentioned (allowing the careful reader to distinguish the different seals and penguins illustrated). [T]he familiar, House-that-Jack-Built pattern will appeal to young listeners, and the repetition isa boon for early readers. Teachers will welcome this appealing introduction....”
“Realistic full color illustrations on luxurious spreads grace this ecological“story” of Antarctica’s wildlife. Written in an expanding verse narrative thatechoes the rhyme of “the house that Jack built,” the book’s text vividly captures the close relationships of orcas, penguins, and seals, as well as petra, skua,silverfish and krill. The progression provides readers a dramatic pictorialaccount of this delicate and important food chain.”
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