When the Sun Shines on Antarctica: And Other Poems About the Frozen Continent

illus. by Anna Wadham. 32p. further reading. glossary. Millbrook. Feb. 2016. lib. ed. $19.99. ISBN 9781467752169.
Gr 3–6—In this collection of poetry about a wide variety of Antarctic flora and fauna, Latham does a compelling job of presenting facts alongside verse. While the poetry varies, the tidbits are enlightening and likely to spark discussion among readers. Latham is knowledgeable and mindful about introducing young readers to lesser-known concepts and creatures. "Southern Giant Petrel at the Seashore" is as funny as it is interesting, and children will be encouraged to learn more about this bird. Other attempts are less compellingly written and don't read as fluidly. Through stunning, evocative artwork, Wadham brings the hues of the Antarctic to life. Although the animals are not depicted in an anatomically precise fashion, they nonetheless are enjoyable and help enhance the text.
VERDICT A delightful assortment of verse that is enhanced by stimulating information and charming illustrations.

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