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Polar: Wildlife at the Ends of the Earth

Polar: Wildlife at the Ends of the Earth

Polar: Wildlife at the Ends of the Earth

This review was written by: Amanda Schmieder

About the Book

Polar: Wildlife at the Ends of the Earth takes readers to the outer edges of our amazing planet without the need for expedition outerwear!

In Polar, readers embark on a year-long, month-by-month journey to learn about wildlife living at opposite ends of the Earth. Complete with maps, facts, and pictures, this book educates readers not only on these arctic inhabitants, but provides insight into the harsh realities of survival in such unforgiving regions of the Earth. You’ll learn about the effects of climate change and pollution, exploring actionable suggestions for protecting these amazing places.

Ever since I was little, I have been enchanted by the polar regions of our planet. Having read dozens of books about these frigid areas I can say, without a doubt, Polar: Wildlife at the Ends of the Earth ranks as one of my top recommendations for kids who share my interest for cold climates.

So, what makes Polar: Wildlife at the Ends of the Earth so amazing? 

This book gave me flashbacks to middle school science class—in the best way possible. The author not only covers popular arctic animals like polar bears, penguins, seals, whales and reindeer, but also sprinkles in plenty of lesser-known creatures like puffins, insects and lemmings. Along with the animals, readers learn about animal adaptations, challenges of living in extreme conditions, and prolonged periods of dark and light, hibernation, migration and so much more!

Artistically, the layout of this book is genius. With a monthly, side-by-side comparison of the two “polar” opposite regions, readers of any age will enjoy seeing what happens throughout the changing seasons. I feel like I stepped briefly into these remote worlds and I’m sure your young reader will feel the same. 

Given the scientific nature of the book, I love that the author graciously included a glossary of terms giving folks like me quick access to definitions for complex words like albedo, circadian rhythm and mutualism. Additionally, an index at the very end of the book allows readers to pinpoint specific animals or areas of interest.

Roughly 100,000 people travel to Antarctica yearly, making it one of the lesser visited places on the planet. Similarly, while tourism to the Arctic has increased over the years, it too is less frequented. Reading Polar: Life at the Ends of the Earth reaffirms why the polar regions should be added to your travel bucket list!

About the Author

L. E. Carmichael is the award-winning author of more than 20 non-fiction books for children and young adults. Armed with a PhD in wildlife genetics and a passion for medicine, animals and all things STEM, Carmichael seeks to make science-y things engaging, relevant and most of all, fun!

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Polar: Wildlife at the Ends of the Earth

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