AROUND ANTARCTICA: EXPLORING THE FROZEN SOUTH, by Tania Medvedeva and Maria Vyshinskaya, Thames & Hudson, Feb. 14, 2023, Hardcover, $27.95 (ages 8-12)
Travel to southernmost continent in Around Antarctica: Exploring the Frozen South, by Tania Medvedeva and illustrated by Maria Vyshinskaya.
Tom, an intrepid journalist, has long dreamed of visiting Antarctica ― and finally his dream is coming true. He’s off on an adventure as part of a scientific expedition!
This foldout book follows him on his journey as he learns all about the ice-covered landmass and the people who work there. It includes interviews with real-life polar explorers, who underline the deadly impact of global warming on the environment. Based on multiple scientific sources and studies, and brimming with detailed, colorful illustrations, fact-filled Around Antarctica will appeal to budding environmentalists and explorers. Illustrated in color throughout. —Synopsis provided by Thames & Hudson
The first thing you’ll notice with Around Antarctica is its unusual shape. Closed, it’s a quarter of a circle. Open, it’s a half circle. And on four spreads, the half opens into a full circle.
Tania Medvedeva’s text is not only informative, but interesting as well. Short paragraphs are paired with labels, speech bubbles and descriptions. Her writing is accessible and well-researched.
Maria Vyshinskaya’s illustrations bring the text to life. She utilizes colors to emphasize different elements. Accurate maps and diagrams help readers get a true sense of the information.
Around Antarctica is a brilliant option for budding scientists and readers who enjoy different formats.
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