Polar Animals by Susan Hayes and Tory Gordon-Harris is part of the Scholastic Discover More series, so you know it is chock full of information about polar animals, all beautifully photographed.
Readers are introduced to the cold at the North and South Poles, as well as how each of the different animals are able to keep relatively warm in those sub-0 temperatures. And they will even find out why the poles are so cold and what the four seasons are like there. There's even a Hall of Fame of record setting animals (as they say - extreme temperatures can result in animals going to extremes).
Following general information about the poles, the animals living at each is looked at individually. And there is all kinds of interesting facts about all of them. For example, did you know that a polar bear uses snow to dry off after a nice cold swim? Or that an Arctic Hare's black eyelashes protects his eyes from the sun just like sunglasses protect our eyes? I didn't even know there were hares at the Artic. And that in the Southern Ocean at the South Pole there are sponges that are over 1,000 years old? These are just some of the interesting facts waiting for eager readers to discover.
At the end of the book, there is information about the dangers these polar animals face, mostly because of melting ice, oil spills, litter, pollutions and too much fishing, but there are also suggestions about how each of us can help. And for budding scientists and other curious readers, there is an informative interview with a real Antarctic scientist, followed by Glossary of terms used throughout the book.
This is an excellent beginning book for children developing an interest in the world around them, or as a resource in the classroom or home schooling library.
This book is recommended for readers age 8+
This book was obtained from the publisher
This is book 7 of my 2014 Nonfiction Picture Book Reading Challenge hosted by Kid Lit Frenzy