Far, far south, in the strange and beautiful land of Antarctica, it is dark both day and night all winter long. When at last spring comes, the penguins and seals raise their young. But, one year, loud, unfamiliar sounds announce the arrival of a new presence—one the animals hope can share this fragile world with them in peace.
Antarctica is a 1990 New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of the Year.
Helen Cowcher has written and illustrated several books for children that have been published in multiple languages around the world. Her books include Desert Elephant, Antartica and Rainforest. She lives in London, England.
“Stunningly vivid and gorgeous pictures . . . The briskly minimal text is clear, informative, and astute.” —Entertainment Weekly
“A spectacular book.” —The Horn Book
“Visually dazzling.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Dramatic illustrations deftly blend light and shadow as they depict the rigorous--and threatened--existence of emperor penguins, Weddell seals, and Adélie penguins on the frozen continent.” —Publishers Weekly
“[A] handsome, eloquent defense of a threatened environment. In simple text and elegantly designed double-spread paintings . . . Cowcher describes the behavior of three species that share a common habitat; then shows how . . . the presence of man can disrupt the nesting of thousands.” —Kirkus Reviews