Reviews for How To Survive In Antarctica
Booklist Reviews 2006 July #1
/*Starred Review*/ Gr. 5-8. Antarctica is drier than the Sahara Desert, so how come an ice sheet, three miles thick in places, covers 98 percent of the continent? Bledsoe, who has made three trips to study Antarctica, bases her informal, chatty narrative on her thrilling adventure, bringing close the amazing science and geography as well as the gritty facts of human survival in the frigid environment (all human waste is collected and taken to the U.S. so that Antarctica does not get contaminated). The information is exciting enough without all the exclamatory punctuation, but Bledsoe's tone never seems condescending or self-important. The open book design features lots of boxes with information about the historic explorers and their daily challenges, and Bledsoe's own black-and-white photos showing wildlife close up and scientists at work will grab students across the curriculum. A detailed glossary and time line conclude. A list of further readings, especially about the history, would have been helpful, but this is still a fascinating journey to a little known and understood place. For readers wanting more, suggest Laurence Pringle's Antarctica: The Last Unspoiled Continent (1992) and Jennifer Ownings Dewey's Antarctic Journal: Four Months at the Bottom of the World (2001). ((Reviewed July 2006)) Copyright 2006 Booklist Reviews.
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2007 Spring
Bledsoe relies on her experience during three trips to Antarctica to write this chatty, informative view of life on the remote, unforgiving continent. In short chapters, text boxes, and black-and-white photos, she describes Antarctica's natural history, tells stories of her adventures, and discusses survival skills. Without an index, the book is more suited to armchair explorers than researchers. Timeline. Glos. Copyright 2007 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Kirkus Reviews 2006 July #1
In this entertaining, if episodic, set of observations, Bledsoe imparts techniques learned during no fewer than three trips to the Antarctic-from spotting whales and building a quick shelter of snow to using an outdoor waste bucket in subzero weather. Her sparse black-and-white photos make less enticing illustrations than those in Jennifer Dewey's Antarctic Journal (2001). However, highlighted by visits to the inland Dry Valleys (where the presence of ancient, mummified seals provide an enduring mystery) and the geographical South Pole, near which a ceremonial pole topped with a mirror ball has been planted "mainly for photo opportunities," she provides similar glimpses of the Antarctic's human settlements and native wildlife. Armchair travelers will be pleased. (glossary, timeline) (Nonfiction. 10-12) Copyright Kirkus 2006 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.
School Library Journal Review 2006 August
Gr 7 Up Bledsoe combines memoir with survival tips and fun facts in this friendly, come-along book about her experiences in Antarctica. She builds a snow shelter and spends the night in it, observes wildlife, visits a number of research stations, takes a helicopter ride, and gets plenty cold! Her first-person narrative adds excitement to the already interesting adventure, and her enthusiasm for the continent comes through on every page. Clear and informative maps and line drawings appear throughout. Black-and-white snapshots and sidebars give further information on the people and events that shape the continent. This is an engaging book to be read through and enjoyed rather than used as fodder for reports.Amelia Jenkins, Juneau Public Library, AK [Page 134]. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
VOYA Reviews 2006 July
Bledsoe's enthusiasm for the wonders of Antarctica is absolutely contagious. Here is a book that provides everything one could possibly need or want to know about the continent but did not even think to ask. The easy-to-read conversational tone makes it a fun read that is also packed with information about the unique geography, biology, sociology, and history of Antarctica. Photographs, drawings, maps, a glossary, and small information boxes are distributed throughout the nicely formatted book. Learn how to tell the different species of penguins apart and how to spot birds, whales, and different types of seals. What do those working or studying in Antarctica do for fun? Where exactly is the South Pole? How does one build a snow shelter and avoid falling into ice crevasses? Readers will learn about Palmer Station and McMurdo Station and the scientists who work there. The author knows her subject well, having traveled to Antarctica three times. That she also took the amazing black-and white-photographs scattered throughout is another plus. Bledsoe adds in some humorous personal anecdotes about her experiences, which add to the book's overall friendliness. Although it might be difficult to get teenagers to read a book about Antarctica, once they open this one, they will be hooked.-Lois Parker-Hennion Glossary. Illus. Photos. Maps. Chronology. 5Q 3P M J Copyright 2006 Voya Reviews.