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Poles apart : why penguins and polar bears will never be neighbors (2004)

by Elaine Scott

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This was a good Non-Fiction book for kids in the 2nd-5th grade reading level, I think younger children might have a hard time trying to understand the vocab and work context. Elaine Scott gave us a good outlook on the differences of penguins and polar bears, basically how they live on different hemispheres and why this is. I think this book would be a good way to implement winter animals into your classroom. After reading this to your class you could ask them reflection questions to make sure they were paying attention.
  Jclark5 | Dec 3, 2014 |
An informational text about why polar bears and penguins will not be neighbors. Begins with the Pangea and eventually leads to the environment, the poles , and how the two separate animals live. The differences are what keep them apart although most believe they would live in harmony
  Nicole129672 | Dec 3, 2014 |
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To Parker, my polar opposite and my other half, with love
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Imagine these words, written in a diary long ago, left open for others to find, read, and preserve.  (Introduction)
The North and South Poles -- and the Arctic and Antarctic -- have not always been the frozen places they are today.
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Introduction     p.7

Chapter One: Drifting Apart: Gondwanaland and Eurasia     p.10

Chapter Two: Poles Apart: Summer and Winter     p.15

Chapter Three: Mutual Attraction: The Magnetic Poles     p.20

Chapter Four: The People: Inuit and None     p.26

Chapter Five: Never Neighbors: Penguins in the South     p.32

Chapter Six: Never Neighbors: Polar Bears in the North Chapter     p.37

Chapter Seven: Great Races: First to See Them     p.42

Chapter Eight Great Races: First to Claim Them     p.48

Chapter Nine: The Poles Today: Lessons from the Ice     p.55

Index      p.62

Further reading     p.64
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0670059250, Hardcover)

Santa Claus frolicking with penguins and polar bears--do you know what's wrong with this picture? Actually, no penguin has ever lived at the North Pole, nor any polar bear at the South Pole.

Using a wide range of disciplines from physics to geography to biology, award- winning science writer Elaine Scott explores some of the unique properties shared by the two ends of the Earth's axis, and other ways in which they are poles apart. Find out what makes a compass point north and why it won't work at the poles. Discover how a tropical island wound up as the coldest spot on earth and why only penguins survive there today. And learn the fascinating story of human involvement with the poles, from the early explorers to the impact of global warming.

With dramatic color photographs and clear, simple text, Poles Apart offers the perfect introduction to the secrets of the poles.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:17:49 -0400)

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Santa Claus frolicking with penguins and polar bears--do you know what's wrong with this picture? Actually, no penguin has ever lived at the North Pole, nor any polar bear at the South Pole. Using a wide range of disciplines from physics to geography to biology, award-winning science writer Elaine Scott explores some of the unique properties shared by the two ends of the Earth's axis, and other ways in which they are poles apart. Find out what makes a compass point north and why it won't work at the poles. Discover how a tropical island wound up as the coldest spot on earth and why only penguins survive there today. And learn the fascinating story of human involvement with the poles, from the early explorers to the impact of global warming. With dramatic color photographs and clear, simple text, Poles Apart offers the perfect introduction to the secrets of the poles.… (more)

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