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How To Survive in Antarctica

by Lucy Jane Bledsoe

Published by Holiday House, 2006
101 pages
ISBN: 0823418901

Ages 9-14

How do you go to the bathroom while camping in Antarctica? Very quickly! In a fascinating volume, author Lucy Jane Bledsoe shares her experiences and adventures as a visitor to the Antarctic as part of the Antarctic Artists and Writers Program. Bledsoe addresses readers as if they are preparing for their own Antarctic expedition. Her enthusiastic narrative combines information about the continent’s geography, wildlife, and human inhabitants (scientists and researchers and those in support jobs at the research stations where they are based ) with her own personal experiences and brief, boxed facts that highlight more about the history of the continent and the challenges of survival there. These three distinctive elements of the narrative are distinguished from one another by typeface and design, and are accompanied by occasional black-and-white line drawings and photographs. Bledsoe’s excitement about and appreciation for Antarctica infuses her writing, but so, too, does her respect for the power of nature in that place. (MS) ©2006 Cooperative Children’s Book Center

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