The latest in a line of indifferent introductions to the icy continent, this takes note of a few unanswered questions which scientists are currently working on, but it still shows up poorly next to Maggie Scarf's decade-old Antarctica. Like Asimov in How We Found Out About Antarctica (p. 218, J-60), Schlein ticks off a series of firsts accomplished by early explorers (they include ""the first time anyone had stayed overnight in Antarctica""), but she is less successful than Asimov at putting them all in perspective. Unlike Asimov's, her catalog of animals (""Who Lives in Antarctica?"") doesn't clarify whether they live on land or in water, inside or outside the arctic circle. Overall, the book makes few distinctions; and though unobjectionable it just hasn't much starch.