Wayne Lynch is the author of award-winning books and television documentaries, a popular guest lecturer and a well-known and widely published professional wildlife photographer. He is also the author of Bear, Bears, Bears, Penguins!and the adult books, A is for Arctic and Penguins of the World, also published by Firefly Books.
Gr 4-6-Inspired by his love of the arctic environment, wildlife-photographer and science-writer Lynch shares his knowledge of its animals, plants, and landscape, combining two-to-three paragraph explanations and half-to-full-page background image photographs, one for each letter of the alphabet. The scope is lopsided, as it includes 18 animals, 3 plants, and 5 other arctic phenomena such as glaciers and Inuit. The use of a singular term when more than one of the creatures is illustrated might be confusing. Another odd feature is the use of multiple animals for one letter, e.g., "Voles & Lemmings" for the letter "V." In three instances, the photograph does not match the text. The most glaring error is for "Mosquito," which shows a photograph of a marmot. (The photo for "Hibernation" appears to be a squirrel holding a chipmunk in its mouth, and "Zooplankton" depicts two polar bears.) A few of the letters and corresponding words are quite a stretch, e.g., "Under the Ice" for "U." Despite these faults, the book is engaging. The introductory description of the Arctic is particularly useful. However, the lack of an index makes locating information difficult. Donna Walsh Shepherd's Tundra (Watts, 1996) is a more effective title for this audience.-Mollie Bynum, formerly at Chester Valley Elementary School, Anchorage, AK Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Full of amazing photographs taken by the author.--Pippa Wysong"Toronto Star" (01/16/2000) Exceptionally fine photos, one on each page, illustrate the text. Or perhaps it would be more accurate to say to say that two or three paragraphs of text accompany each photo. In any case, the overall effect is of visiting an unfamiliar landscape accompanied by a knowledgeable and communicative uncle.-- (02/01/2000) Clear color photographs accompany each half-page-long profile. Balancing the familiar with the unusual, this book offers a broad look at the surprisingly diverse ecology of the Arctic.--Horn Book Guide This is a fantastic book for teachers and students alike. It is written in an informative and easy-to-read style and is a definite must have for any library or classroom.-- (03/01/2000)