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Polar Region Survival
Part of the Extreme Habitats Series
By Jim Pipe
Read How You Want, (2009)
EasyRead Large Print, in 16 Point Font
(Originally Published in Standard Print by Gareth Stevens Publishing)
ISBN: 9781427089168
Genre: Science, Geography, Children's NonFiction, True-Life Adventure

Reviewed by Anna Dogole - February 10, 2010

Do you have plans on becoming an arctic or antarctic explorer? If you could go to a polar region, what would you pack? Wear? Eat? How would you get around? Learn answers to these and other pertinent questions in Polar Region Survival. This informative book is sure to mesmerize readers of all ages with its insight into the environment of the polar region, as well as information about its geography, science related facts, and essential tips on staying alive in an environment that is so hostile to humans.

This book is one of the books in the Extreme Habitats series. The other three books currently in the series are Desert Survival, Ocean Survival, and Mountain Survival - all of which are available in large print from RHYW. This book, on the Polar region, was written by Jim Pipe, in consultation with Jonathan Shanklin, a member of the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) team. Shanklin discovered the Antarctic ozone hole while a member of the BAS. The book is filled with photos, maps, charts, and a glossary of key terms, all of which help to expand upon the already fascinating text.

Polar Region Survival is a fantastic book with which to get older children excited about exploration, science, and the environment. This book also expounds about how native peoples managed to survive in the polar regions in the past, as well as how they have adopted modern technologies. These sections may also serve to spark an interest in history or anthropology for the budding scholar in your life.

When I gave this book to my kids to read the first thing they did was to pore over all the pictures and then to argue about what section to read first! One wanted to learn about the animals, and another was fascinated with a picture of a frost-bitten foot and wanted to read all about how dangerous traveling/living in the polar regions could be! Even one of my teenagers devoured the book when the smaller ones had tumbled off to bed and gave it a read - his summation - "Not bad!" High praise from a boy who thinks that reading the back of the cereal box is high literature.

Polar Region Survival is an excellent book that will not only delight avid readers, but reluctant readers are sure to be drawn to it as well. The large print format makes it easier for new and slow readers to more easily comprehend the text, as well as making the book accessible to those readers who need large print books. In addition, this is a book that can also be used in a classroom or homeschooling setting, for grade school level science or geography classes, as well as for general reading assignments. After reading this book, my kids are clamoring to read the other books in the Extreme Habitats series, and I'm sure that yours will feel the same after reading this informative and exciting book! Consequently, I highly recommend Polar Region Survival for readers of all ages.

Polar Region Survival is available from Read How You Want, an on-demand publisher that makes books available in a variety of formats including Braille, DAISY, and five different large print formats. This range of formats makes this, and other books, available not only to visually impaired individuals, but also anyone with a reading or physical disability that makes reading standard print books difficult.


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