BLACK WHITENESS by Robert Burleigh


Admiral Byrd Alone in the Antarctic
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Age Range: 7 - 11


 Burleigh (Hoops, p. 1386, etc.) retells Admiral Richard Byrd's successful six-month, one-man Antarctic encampment in a picture book aimed at an older audience. In 1934, Byrd was determined to learn how an individual could withstand the harshness--and loneliness--of the Antarctic night. Burleigh's spare prose eloquently captures the spartan surroundings in which Byrd conducted daily meteorological studies with only a flashlight, a lantern, and a small gas lamp against constant darkness and temperatures of -60¯F. Passages lifted from Byrd's daily journal are a testament to his convictions, and Krudop's illustrations starkly reflect the subtle play of light against the dark, icy landscape. While Byrd ultimately survived an illness to welcome a relief crew, his story is severe, often depressing, and always riveting. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-11)

Pub Date: March 1st, 1998
ISBN: 0-689-81299-X
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Atheneum
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1st, 1997


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