Illustrations by Grace Helmer, Penguins & Polar Bears, Little Gestalten 2020
Penguins and polar bears never get to meet – except maybe at the zoo! But what else do you know about the Arctic and the Antarctic (or polar) regions? Did you know that Antarctica is not just the coldest, but also the driest continent on Earth? Have you ever wondered how a polar bear stays warm in the Arctic? Sitting on the most extreme North and South Poles are two of our planet’s most mysterious regions, but what similarities and differences do they share? Penguins & Polar Bears: A Pretty Cool Introduction to the Arctic and Antarctic shares the incredible geography of both regions, how polar bears and penguins (and many other animals!) survive, and introduces the explorers who dared to travel into these unknown spots on the Earth in the past. We go under their oceans and discuss the effects of climate change.
Are you ready for an adventure? Readers will dive into the chilly oceans, skim over the brightest ice sheets, and meet the incredible people who live and work in the polar regions. So pack your warmest clothes and get ready for a very cool journey!
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“Though characteristic plants and animals get generous coverage in the casually organized single-topic spreads, the human presence at the top and bottom of our world comes in for at least as much notice. Readers pay quick visits to the town of Ilulissat, Greenland (4,350 people, 3,500 sled dogs), and Antarctica’s ski-mounted Halley VI station, among other locales, and meet representatives of eight of the Arctic’s 40 indigenous groups and a group of schoolchildren in Nunavut…In her commentary, scattered throughout in easily digestible blocks, Klepeis properly acknowledges interactions between contemporary and traditional cultures and practices…A wide-angled view of two forbidding but far from deserted climes.” –Kirkus
“This is such a stunning non-fiction book. The texts are well-written and extremely informative. I’m amazed at all the things we have learned! With absolutely gorgeous illustrations, this book delivers more than I could ever hope for. It has completely wowed us! Highly recommend it to 7-12 year olds.” – L.S., Goodreads review