Frozen Worlds December 9, 2016 – Posted in: Book News, Booklist Updates – Tags: Around the World, Cross-Curricular, Science
Inspired by the BBC’s recent ‘Arctic Live’ programmes, we’ve been revisiting our ‘Frozen Worlds’ booklists. So wrap up warm and take a look at the frozen regions of our planet with some wonderfully snowy books! The incredibly beautiful, yet often deadly, wilds of the Arctic and Antarctic make for a fabulous cross-curricular topic for either KS1 or 2. The books in our book lists cover subjects from historical expeditions to wildlife habitats and environmental issues. Click on the links here to see the full Frozen Worlds book lists for KS1, Lower KS2 and Upper KS2. Here are just a few of our favourites –
Shackleton’s Journey by award-winning writer/illustrator William Grill is a re-telling of Shackleton’s legendary expedition across the Antarctic and makes a perfect companion to KS2 learning adventures and projects. Ernest Shackleton dreamed of crossing the frozen heart of Antarctica, a place of ferocious seas, uncharted mountains and bone-chilling cold. But when his ship, the Endurance, became trapped in the deadly grip of the ice, Shackleton’s dreams of crossing Antarctica were shattered. Stranded in a cold, white world, and thousands of miles from home, the men of the expedition set out on a desperate trek across the ice in search of rescue. The stunning illustrations by William Grill are hand drawn in coloured pencil and add to the raw nature of the subject.
Also for KS2, look out for Expedition to the Arctic, a traveller’s diary of an expedition to the frozen North Pole! Find out how to gear yourself up for the trip, about the animals and plants that thrive in extreme conditions, landscape features, ecology, climate, industry and people.
The Cold Book by Dr Mike Goldsmith is a brilliant resource, which looks at all aspects of the cold and it’s effects on everything including animals, people and habitats. There’s also interesting chapters on the ice ages, cold sports, and icy myths and legends of the past! The book is jam-packed with loads of information and strange and interesting facts. Each page has wonderful photography to illustrate the text and there is an excellent quiz section, ideal for KS2 classes to participate in.
Possible for use with either KS1 or 2, The Rainbow Bear by Michael Morpurgo, is a lovely story. The white snow bear, wandering in his Arctic homeland, sees a rainbow and longs to catch it for himself. But, try as he might, he never can. Then one day he meets a shaman who can make his wish come true – to be a rainbow bear. But when his wish is granted, life in the Arctic suddenly becomes a lot harder for the colourful snow bear.
For a picture book with an environmental message take a look at the very original Elliot’s Arctic Surprise. This picture book adventure sees Elliot hitching a ride with a sailor and travelling to the North Pole to help Santa to avert an environmental disaster! Developed with Greenpeace UK this captivating book explores the Arctic region with beautiful oil painted illustrations. This title is perfect for explaining to young children about the possible implications of industry on the environment.
Lastly, a quick mention of A Dot in the Snow by Corrinne Averiss. This brand new picture book tells the beautifully simple story of the friendship between a polar bear and a girl. Miki, a little polar bear, is scampering through the snow while his Mum is fishing, when he sees a red dot in the distance. The dot turns out to be a little girl in a bright red coat. They play, and eventually find their way back to their mothers, in the snowy wilds of the Arctic in this story of friendship, adventure and love.