Life in a Frozen World: Wildlife of Antarctica – written by Mary Batten, illustrated by Thomas Gonzalez, Peachtree Publishing Company, Inc., 9781682631515, 2020
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
What did you like about the book: The lifelike illustrations are stunning and created with pastel, colored pencils, and airbrush. It begins with the Southern Lights that fill the endpages, continues with the realistic penguin family, on to the endless vision of white ice, and then goes under the sea to the diving penguins and the blue whale. Here you will find an informative overview of the extreme life plants and animals endure as well as the consequences of climate change. The back pages include a map of Antarctica, numerous facts about Antarctica, an author’s note, glossary, and several books, websites, videos & films to explore.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No, but it is too wordy for lower elementary grades
To whom would you recommend this book? A wonderful introduction for upper elementary students to animal adaptations and climate change impact on Antarctica.
Who should buy this book? Upper elementary schools, home and public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Picture book Nonfiction- Antarctica
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? no
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Julie Durmis, J.C. Solmonese Elementary School, Norton, MA
Date of review: December 27, 2020
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