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Antarctic Antics: A Book of Penguin Poems Hardcover – March 15, 1998


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Brace; 1st edition (March 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152021140
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152010065
  • ASIN: 0152010068
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 11.3 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,103,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Judy Sierra, author of the well-loved picture books Counting Crocodiles and The House That Drac Built, delights young readers again, this time paying poetic tribute to the distinguished-yet-waddling emperor penguin of icy Antarctica. Comical, cartoonish paintings by accomplished illustrators (and penguin lovers) Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey combined with Sierra's lively poems will have your favorite kids giggling and, perhaps, wanting a pet baby penguin of their own!

Youngsters will dive, swim, and glide through playful poems such as "My Father's Feet," which begins: "To keep myself up on the ice,/I find my father's feet are nice./I snuggle in his belly fluff,/And that's how I stay warm enough." "Penguin's Swim" starts, "Ten little penguins all in a line--/One jumps in and now there are nine./Nine little penguins, how they hesitate--/One tumbles in and now there are eight." Sierra's poems are based on the lives and habits of emperor penguins, so your kids will learn about life in the Antarctic from a penguin's perspective. This book is as irresistible as the fish-slurping, huddling, fidgeting, waddling, ker-plopping penguins themselves! (Ideal for reading aloud, but perfect for early readers ages 4 to 8.)

From Publishers Weekly

With winter still lingering, a listen to Antarctic Antics may be in order. This CD recording contains jaunty songs from the Weston Woods video adaptation of Judy Sierra's 1998 picture book of penguin poems (illus. by Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey) as well as Sierra's narration of 12 of the poems.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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My two year old daughter loves this book.
Kathryn Waffle
He's been learning about penguins at school - this is definitely a good way to reinforce what he has learned while having lots of fun in the process.
Lea Kottwitz
I highly recommend it for this age group.
B. Martin

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 5, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I realize at the age of 14, I should probably be looking for books at a higher reading level. But I'm crazy about Penguins, so the book Antarctic Antics caught my eye. Though the actual poetry is a bit juvenile sounding, it's acually very educational and intertaining. Plus the pictures are ADORABLE! This is an excellent book, and my kid sister agrees!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Gwen Ingram on March 10, 2002
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
An adult friend recommended this book to me (also an adult), figuring that I'd enjoy anything containing a poem titled "Regurgitate." She was right, and I found the rest of the book well-written and well-crafted, full of similar humor and the kind of realism-in-viewpoint that is sometimes (too often) lacking in books that feature animals. The illustrations are also excellent. I'm told that children do enjoy this book, but it's also captivated many of my adult friends ... including one woman to whom I presented a copy for her 55th birthday. Quality shines through any good work, and that's definitely true of "Antarctic Antics."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By tvtv3 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 5, 2004
Format: Hardcover
First of all, I love this book because I love penguins. However, as a piece of children's literature, it's so much more. This is an excellent example of how literature (poetry) and science can go hand and hand. There are some poems in this book that seem written just for fun, (e.g. "Be My Penguin"). However, most of the poems in this book are written about and around actual behaviors that penguins exhibit: from regurgiating their food to feed the young ("Regurgitate") to the motherly instincts of father penguins ("A Hatchling's Song" and "My Father's Feet") to poetic riddles about penguin predators (sea lion, killer whale). The book is charming, easy to read, and full of delightful penguin illustrations. A great gift for any child interesting in science or literature or anyone who (like me) just loves penguins.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Pratt on January 25, 2002
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The book was very entertaining for my five year old granddaughter, making her laugh as well as learn about penguins.
The art work was as well done as the writing. I recommend it to anyone who is sly enough to teach through laughter and rhyme.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "bgeneson" on April 24, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Antarctic Antics is a wonderful book to read to children if they love to hear about animals. This book is all about penguins and their daily activities. The author, Judy Sierra did an excellent job in writing cute poems about the artic animal. The illustrations were done by Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey. The pictures relate well with the pomes as they are written within the illustrations. The illustrations are full pages and add excellent color to the page as the poem is enjoyed. The poems in this book create a sense of smell, taste, sight, and touch. The poems are about what goes on in a penguins life adn the child can relate to their senses as the poems are read to them. One poem called Regurgitate is about a baby penguin. He wants his dad to regurgitate his food; this poem is liked by children. This has the qualities of taste, sight, smell, and touch. There are many more great poems to read to children that they will enjoy. This book has an excellent collection of poems that children will enjoy. The poems mee the requirements fo children poetry. The book has a way ar teaching the students about penguins and their ways of life. The illustrations done by Aruego and Dewey add a signifiacant amount to the poems as they are read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 1, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I was checking the price of this book because I am giving it to my nephews, after enjoying it with my 6 year old. The poems are warm without being maudlin. They are also, in some parts, appropriately yucky for little kids. The artwork is wonderful. The poems also teach about how penguins live.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 19, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I am ordering because of the review on NPR. It was wonderful--I love good "read aloud" books that teach children that language itself is a toy. In fact, the perfect toy because it never grows old, or broken, or out of date. And, it never gets lost. A delightful adventure in life from another perspective.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 14, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Our daytime babysitter loves penguins, so we gave her this book. She has shared it with all the kids and they all love it! It's a great look into the penguin world for children. They love the poems and they love the pictures.
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