DESTINATION: POLAR REGIONS by Jonathan Grupper

DESTINATION: POLAR REGIONS

Age Range: 10 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Grupper welcomes readers to cold country with this appealing photographic essay on the animals and plants of the North Pole, and the animals living in the waters around the South Pole. With attention to details, he explains that the polar bear, wet from pulling a ringed seal out of the ocean, “rolls around, using the snow like a towel to dry himself off!” Glossy, full-page, full-color pictures show hundreds of bright pink walruses “hot and grouchy,” trying to get cool, glow-in-the-dark underwater zooplankton, wild flowers in bloom, a pack of hunting arctic wolves, a family of polar bears snoozing, and grizzly bears looking for lunch. Two-thirds of the book concentrates on the Arctic, with much less space devoted to Antarctica, where Grupper discusses animals that visit the South Pole. Among the pictures are those of scientists garbed for the weather setting up scientific equipment, followed by a conclusion that compares and contrasts the two poles. This attractive volume offers a real sense of the differences between regions often thought of as identical. (map) (Picture book/nonfiction. 10-12)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1999
ISBN: 0-7922-7143-2
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: National Geographic
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 1999