Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), Hardcover, 9780805065176, 32pp.
Publication Date: November 1, 2003
Antarctica is the coldest place on earth. Ice covers the mountains, the valleys, and even the sea. In this frozen winter world, every creature is waiting for summer to come.
When the sunny days arrive, a burst of new life begins. A mother Weddell seal finds a safe spot on the surface of the ice to have her baby. Nearby, a little Adélie penguin steals rocks from his neighbor to make a nest. A big emperor penguin works hard to find enough food for his newly hatched chick. The young animals must grow quickly, for summer in Antarctica is brief, and all too soon it will be winter once again.
Jim Mastro is a writer and photographer who has spent many years in Antarctica. He writes about science and wildlife and is the author of several books and numerous articles. This is his first children's book. Mr. Mastro lives with his wife and son in New Hampshire.
Norbert Wu is a filmmaker and photographer who specializes in marine issues. He has photographed in nearly every conceivable underwater locale and has received three National Science Foundation Artists and Writers Grants, as well as a Pew Marine Conservation Fellowship, the world's only prize dedicated to marine conservation. The author of several books, including Fish Faces. Mr. Wu lives near Monterey, California.
An Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 2004 list selection
"The text is well-written, smooth, and interesting, examining several forms of life and how they survive and thrive in such a difficult climate. But buy it for the photos." --Kirkus Reviews
"The stunning, National Geographic-like visuals will spark interest in and appreciation for the frigid polar region." --Publishers Weekly
"The fine camera work and the pairing of large and small photographs on black pages provide many appealing views and a striking sense of this stark landscape and watery world." --School Library Journal