Polar: Wildlife at the Ends of the Earth

by L E Carmichael (Author) Byron Eggenschwiler (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 4th − 5th Grade

From the author of the critically acclaimed The Boreal Forest, a stunning exploration of the animals that have adapted to survive in Earth’s harsh polar regions.

The Arctic and Antarctica, at opposite ends of the Earth, have much in common: bitter cold, ferocious winds and darkness lasting six months. Despite these harsh conditions, many animals have adapted to stay alive in the polar regions. This evocative and beautifully illustrated book from the award-winning team of author L. E. Carmichael and illustrator Byron Eggenschwiler explores how animals at opposite ends of the Earth survive using similar adaptations. There’s the arctic fox who is protected from the ice by the fur on the soles of her feet, the emperor penguins huddling in groups around their chicks to keep everyone warm, and the narwhal using echolocation to find a crack in the surface ice to breathe. It’s a fascinating journey through a year in the polar regions, where animals don’t just survive - they thrive!

Each spread in the book is devoted to a month and includes a themed introduction and two stories on opposites pages, one about an animal in the Arctic and one about an animal in Antarctica. Extra spreads cover topics such as seasons, winter weather and types of ice. The book concludes with a timely description of the disruptions that climate change is causing to the polar regions, and how this will have global consequences. A glossary, further reading, author’s sources, an index and ideas for what children can do to help are included. There are strong life science curriculum applications here in animal habitats and animal adaptation, migration, hibernation and cooperation.

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Kirkus Reviews

First-rate from top to bottom.

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Excellent for the natural history and science shelves.—Kirkus Reviews, starred review (Praise for The Boreal Forest)
L E Carmichael
L. E. Carmichael is the author of more than twenty informational books for children, many of them about animals and the natural wonders of our planet. She is the winner of the Lane Anderson Award, which recognizes excellence in science writing for kids, and of the Governor General's Academic Medal for her PhD thesis about northern wolves and arctic foxes. She lives with her family in Trenton, Ontario.
Classification
Non-fiction
ISBN-13
9781525304576
Lexile Measure
950
Guided Reading Level
-
Publisher
Kids Can Press
Publication date
May 02, 2023
Series
-
BISAC categories
JNF051100 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Science & Nature | Environmental Science & Ecosystems
JNF003000 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Animals | General
Library of Congress categories
Animals
Juvenile works
Adaptation
Illustrated works
Informational works
Polar regions

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