Ice! Poems About Polar Life (Hardcover)
Funny poems paired with intriguing facts introduce young readers to the fascinating creatures that live in Earth's polar regions.
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year!
The remote North and South Poles-- which poet Douglas Florian calls our "Earth refrigerator"-- are home to a wide variety of unusual, rarely-seen creatures including caribou, penguins, ptarmigans, narwhals, and many more! Young readers will love learning about these polar denizens and the ways they've adapted to their cold, windy, frozen environments.
Whimsical, colorful art and humorous poems introduce more than a dozen polar animals, and touch on the unique characteristics of the polar regions. Funny and educational, the book ends with an inspiring call to action about climate change, reminding us of our responsibility to take care of our planet.
Ice! Poems About Polar Life explores key scientific concepts such as animal adaptation, biomes, global warming, and interdependence in poems filled with rhyme, rhythm, figurative language-- and a huge dose of humor! Artist and author Douglas Florian is well-known for combining poetry, art, and science in books that have wit, imagination, and an aesthetic sensibility.
The poems included are: The Polar Regions; Antarctica; Emperor Penguin; Arctic; The Tundra; Polar Bear; Blue Whale; Krill; Arctic Fox; Musk Ox; Walrus; Arctic Hare; Seals; Snowy Owl; Narwhal; Gray Wolf; Puffin; Ptarmigan; Wolverine; Caribou; Moose; Climate Change
About the Author
Douglas Florian an award-winning poet and fine artist who has had much success with poetry collections that he has both written and illustrated. Frequently using wordplay, rhythm, and rhyme in his poetry and crayons and paper bags in his illustrations, he consistently uses humor to engage his young audience. He has written and illustrated two I Like to Read® books for Holiday House, Pig Is Big on Books and Pig and Cat Are Pals. He has read his poetry at Carnegie Hall, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Poets House, and The White House, and his abstract paintings have been exhibited in numerous solo and group shows. He lives and works in New York City.
★ "There are lots of surprises in the inventive wordplay along with twisted syntax that gets the point across while invoking giggles from young readers. . . . Florian is a master of light verse with a purpose, and he matches it with art that charms. Thoughtful, fun, and delightful."—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
"The delightful illustrations are a highlight. . . . . a terrific example of poetry and the wonder of the natural world."—School Library Journal
"Informative facts about the regions and animals appear as mini notes below each poem . . . Florian's signature impressionistic illustrations in colored pencils and oil pastels add verve." —The Horn Book
"In typical Florian fashion, the rhythmic poems, mostly told from the animal’s perspective, use rhyme, wit, and occasional puns to give kids a taste of the animal’s physical characteristics, habitat, diet, adaptations, or other special traits. . . . As always, much of the humor comes from Florian’s distinctive, childlike mixed-media illustrations on paper-bag backgrounds. The final poem, 'Climate Change,' urges young readers to care for these animals and their environments. A funny yet socially conscious collection." —Booklist
"The poet’s quick rhyming lines and Ogden Nash–like love of a concluding pun on are full display here."—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Florian's trademark whimsical art complements poems about life in the polar regions and the animals native to those environs . . . clever free verse poems include snippets of information that will make young readers eager to learn more."—School Library Connection