Why does an Arctic hare have tiny ears? To conserve heat! How does a walrus feel around for food on the bottom of the sea? With its whiskers! Learn cool facts about the arctic fox, the beluga whale, the snowy owl, and more in this book.
Readers learn that the Arctic is one of the chilliest places on Earth, but that doesn't mean it is devoid of life. As we soon learn, during the dark winters the area does not have many inhabitants, but during the summer it teems with life. Among the hardy creatures that have adapted to Arctic winters are many that have fat or blubber that serves as insulation. Polar bears have furry coats and fat to keep them warm; muskoxen also have long, furry coats. Seals and whales have a thick layer of fat called blubber, and ptarmigans and snowy owls have feathers to keep them warm. Each section features one of these Arctic creatures and includes a factual summary noting the baby animal's name, size at birth, size as an adult, favorite foods and enemies. It is amazing to see how many times humans appear as the enemy. The sketches show the baby and grown animals and show them in action as they struggle survive. A useful book for homes, schools and libraries, however, do note that page 19 states that a full grown female polar bear weighs 30-900 pounds, which probably should read 300 to 900. The book is part of the "All Aboard Science Reader" series, Station Stop 2, reading with help. Given the amount of information in this book, it has a broader appeal than the suggested level. 2002, Grosset and Dunlap,