Nine-year-old Sophie is going on a month-long voyage to Antarctica, with her dad, the captain of an icebreaker. Sailing the frozen seas round-trip from Australia to Mawson Station in the South Pole, Sophie recounts the adventure of a lifetime in her own words, illustrations, and color photographs. She'll show us icebergs, penguins, seals, and whales! It's a dangerous journey, but Sophie is well prepared for the thrills and chills that await her on top of the world.
This friendly, informative, and beautifully presented picture book is based on the author's own experiences and shows the wonder of Antarctica through a child's eyes.
" In short paragraphs, Sophie talks about the South Pole’s early explorers, life in an Antarctic research station and aboard an icebreaker, types of icebergs, Antarctic wildlife, the origins of the aurora australis, and more. The lively art has a playful, childlike feel, and, along with dozens of photos, the full-page reproductions of student paintings of Antarctic scenes, submitted to Lester during her own trip there in 2005, are an especially nice touch. There’s even a little bit of tension, as Sophie gets stranded at Mawson during a blizzard, and readers are reminded that, despite the fun tone of Sophie’s tale, expeditions to the Antarctic are serious business. But the real draw is the wealth of fascinating information about a place few people will ever get a chance to visit." -- Sarah Hunter, Booklist
|6 - 9
|Nov 19, 2013
|HMH Books for Young Readers