Emperors of the Ice
by Richard Farr;

Price at time of review: $19.95
240 pp.
Macmillan Publishing Co.
New York, NY
ISBN: 0374319758

Grade Level: 7-12

Reviewed by CBC Reviewer

This NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book for 2009 begins with an expedition by two men in the quest of an Emperor Penguin’s egg to verify a theory that birds evolved directly from dinosaurs. But the real emperors in this adventure tale are the explorers and those who went in to rescue them in this vivid story of survival during the "Golden Age" of Antarctic exploration.

The adventure will rivet secondary readers; along the way they will learn important lessons about geography, climate, and the courage of scientist-explorers. It makes ideal independent reading, but will also provide teachers with great excerpts to supplement any curriculum on geology, ecology, or human physiology.

Review posted on 1/16/2009

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