When the sun shines on Antarctica : and other poems about the frozen continent

by Latham, Irene,

Format: Print Book 2016
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 4 of 4 copies
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Brentwood Library Juvenile Non-fiction JUV 508.989 Latham
Location  Brentwood Library
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Call Number  JUV 508.989 Latham
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Non-Fiction j 508.989 Lat
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Children's Non-Fiction
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Northland Public Library Children's Nonfiction J 591.7 L34
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Call Number  J 591.7 L34
Northland Public Library Children's Nonfiction J 591.7 L34
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Children's Nonfiction
Call Number  J 591.7 L34

Icebergs brighten
as the sky peels
itself of darkness
and stretches awake. . . .

We've been waiting
for you.

Experience summer like you've never experienced it before by traveling to Antarctica with evocative poetry. The sun rises, ice melts, grass grows, seals squabble, whales sing, and young penguins slide, glide, and belly flop. Whimsical illustrations and additional facts accompany each poem to provide further details about the animals and the environment at the bottom of the world.

When the sun shines on Antarctica
Adélie seeking adélie
A new coat for Mrs. Weddell
Southern giant petrel at the seashore
Flora in a frozen land
Chinstrap penguin first family portrait
Antarctic singers in concert
Krill in space
Battle of the bull elephant seals
Gentoo penguin jumps in
Beware the brinicle!
Flight of the midge
Emperor penguins at play
Leopard seal spots a meal
Iceberg's farewell to summer.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The creators of Dear Wandering Wildebeest: And Other Poems from the Water Hole (2014) here offer poetry and art focused on the Antarctic summer. The 15 poems spotlight animals (whales, penguins, seals, krill, midges, and petrels), plants (hair grass, red algae, and moss), and natural features (brinicles and icebergs). Most poems are presented on double-page spreads that also include full color art and a scientific sidebar. For example, Latham compares the freezing power of brinicles to a magic wand that casts an icy spell / on the sea / floor, / entombing / all it touches. Wadham's art depicts a briny icicle flash freezing every life form it encounters, while the explanatory note further clarifies how these features work. Similar in approach to Joyce Sidman and Rick Allen's books (Winter Bees and Other Poems of the Cold, 2014), this pairs nicely with Judy Sierra's penguin-themed Antarctic Antics (1998) and will be welcomed by classrooms combining poetry and science.--Weisman, Kay Copyright 2016 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "The team behind Dear Wandering Wildebeest moves from African watering holes to Antarctic expanses in 15 playful, informative poems. In a personal ad of sorts, an Adélie penguin seeks "a guy with a white-ringed eye/ who looks just like me." Bull elephant seals square off, WWE style ("At stake, the fate of fifty cows/ and the right to roam the beach"). And one poignant poem compares krill to "a trillion/ tiny astronauts/ without/ a ship." Substantial sidebars offer details about everything from petrels ("When they find a carcass, they often gorge themselves until they become too heavy to fly") to brinicles (a portmanteau of brine and icicle)-melting, dripping seawater "so cold it causes the water around it to instantly freeze." Wadham's paintings adeptly match the whimsical and mysterious notes in Latham's poems, making for a fascinating study of the Antarctic's singular creatures and features. Ages 8-12. Author's agent: Rosemary Stimola, Stimola Literary Studio. Illustrator's agency: Astound. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Natural history -- Antarctica -- Juvenile literature.
Summer -- Antarctica -- Juvenile literature.
Natural history -- Antarctica.
Summer -- Antarctica.
Publisher Minneapolis, MN :Millbrook Press, a division of Lerner Publishin Group, Inc.,2016
Contributors Wadham, Anna, illustrator.
Language English
Description 33 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (page 33).
ISBN 9781467752169 (lb : alk. paper)
1467752169 (lb : alk. paper)
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