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. Volume XIV Number 9 . . . .December 21, 2007
This picture book presents the stark Arctic landscape using a cumulative style that will encourage young listeners to interact with the text and eagerly anticipate the next page. The author introduces each feature one by one – mammals, birds, fish, plant life, sky, sea ice and northern lights – as the illustrations progress from the dark, seemingly empty winter environment to one that shows a vibrant ecosystem. The young reader will see the variety of life this isolated habitat sustains, along with the magical color and movement of the Aurora. The pages that illustrate cross-sections are especially interesting as they allow the reader to glimpse the mysterious world above/below the sea ice.
Back matter offers a list of the wildlife included throughout the book that lives in the Arctic all year long. Brief explanations are given for the special adaptations of several animals to enable them to survive the winter. The Arctic fox is among these, although it is the only animal not depicted elsewhere in the book. This book is part of a series that focuses on various habitats worldwide.
Gillian Richardson, a freelance writer and former teacher-librarian, lives in BC.
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