“When the Sun Shines on Antarctica”
Themed on Antarctica, these fun poems dive into the unique flora, land formations, animals and insects that live in Antarctica. Readers will discover krill, brinicles as well as Gentoo penguins, Giant Petrels, midges and much more. Poet Irene Latham uses analogy perfectly to relate her subject matter to young readers. She compares a Giant Petrel bird to a giant garbage can. “His belly collects garbage and his beak is the lid that never closes.” And Humpback Whales are Antarctica’s concert singers.
“When The Sun Shines On Antarctica”
Gorgeous illustrations by Anna Wadham accompany each poem along with a sidebar paragraph explaining more in-depth the characteristics of each poem subject.
“A New Coat for Mrs. Wendell”
This poem talks fashion about the Wendell seal losing its coat to reveal a new shiny one. Included in the back of the book is a glossary and a list of further reading resources. This book promotes nature, flexible thinking, making analogies, different perspectives and discovery.
TITLE: When The Sun Shines On Antarctica
AUTHOR: Irene Latham
ILLUSTRATOR: Anna Wadham
PUBLISHER: Millbrook Press, 2016
AGE GROUP: 8-12
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: nature, flexible thinking, making analogies, different perspectives, discovery
1) Research an animal subject from a continent other than the continent on which you live. Explore how your subject interacts with its environment and what attributes it has. Make an analogy by comparing your subject to something that is familiar to you. Then write a poem using this comparison.
2) Compose a class book, All Around the World Animals, based on students’ poems written from the above prompt.
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