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Frozen Planet: A World Beyond Imagination Hardcover – October 13, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books (October 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554079918
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554079919
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #267,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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BBC Earth spent three years working on a documentary series on the poles, sending crews to Antarctica and the Arctic to film wildlife, the small groups of people that eke out an existence there, and the ever-shrinking ice itself. This companion piece to the Frozen Planet documentary includes dozens of stunning photographs, a seasonal exploration of the frozen climes, and a section detailing the production of the show and the book. Fans of the series or nature documentaries in general will find this tome enthralling as an educational text and as a stunning collection of images. From detailed information on polar bear gestation and hibernation habits to a remarkable photo sequence of a pod of killer whales collaborating to kill a seal, the book sheds light on day-to-day life in the harshest of climates. The self-awareness of the photographers and producers (as evidenced by commentary on the process and pitfalls of shooting in these regions) creates an interesting dialogue about the relationship between humans and nature. Indeed, the volume ends with sobering data about climate change and its impact on the poles, rendering the previous breathtaking photographs as evidence of the beauty the world stands to lose if climate change is left unchecked. (Publishers Weekly)

Absolutely stunning.... Well worthy of purchase, this spectacular book is the perfect companion to the television series and is guaranteed to have an impact on the reader. It not only celebrates the wonder of the poles and their inhabitants, but Frozen Planet: A World Beyond Imagination also imparts an important message about the fragility of the environment and the responsibility of humans to act as stewards for our planet. Highly Recommended. (Gail Hamilton Canadian Materials 2012-05-18)

A beautiful and stunning portrait of the planet's polar regions. (Oceans 2012-05-00)

This is a keeper to delve into again and again, with or without the televised series. (Sandy Bauers Philadelphia Inquirer 2012-05-19)

This portrait of our polar region will surprise and amaze. Frozen Planet offers extraordinary views of frozen landscapes and animal behavior impossible to see on dry land. The full-page images are breathtaking, and the layout depicts the vastness of this landscape of ice. The team also takes us on a voyage below the ice, to the heart of the glaciers and volcanic caves of crystalline ice.... Frozen Planet is a book of immense beauty and an inexhaustible source of information. One cannot remain insensitive to the impact of humanity on this majestic landscape. (Ginette Lapointe Photo News 2012-06-01)

The text that accompanies the truly magnificent photographs is informative and factual. The undoubted stars of the book are the photographs of the landscape and its inhabitants, which are unworldly for a resident of a temperate region of the earth. (Clarence J. Murphy, emeritus, East Stroudsburg Uni Science Books and Films 2012-02-01)

Full of gorgeous images by top wildlife photographers and informative text explaining the seasonal changes in animal behavior and in the landscape, this book is a pleasure to explore. (Photo Life 2012-03-31)

About the Author

Alastair Fothergill was the executive producer of Frozen Planet, and also produced Planet Earth and The Blue Planet for the BBC. Alastair studied zoology at the University of Durham, and is the author of four books.

Vanessa Berlowitz was the series producer of Frozen Planet and director and producer of the 'Ice worlds' and 'Mountains' episodes for Planet Earth. Vanessa studied human sciences at the University of Oxford, and has also contributed to a number of books and written on wildlife and conservation for magazines.


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This is an attractive, heavy coffee table book.
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The quality of the picture is very good and this narrator is very clear and has a great voice for the narration.
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Only had a chance to flip through the book, but I must say that the pictures are absolutely gorgeous!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By wogan TOP 100 REVIEWER on February 20, 2012
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This is an attractive, heavy coffee table book. The photographs are lovely to look at, with close ups that are artistic wonders and other shots that are breathtaking.
It contains information on both the northern and southern polar regions. There is an extensive forward by David Attenborough, general information on the polar areas, chapters on spring, summer, autumn and winter, the thinning ice and the story of filming this BBC production.

We read and see a narrative about the ice, the sea, the plants and the living creatures that survive in this cold world. There is almost as much text as there are photographs which are all well labeled. Maps of the Artic and Antarctic areas are included as well as an index.

This is a book that those who are fascinated by these Polar Regions would enjoy, as well as those who appreciate photography and wildlife and wilderness expanses.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By matt on April 9, 2012
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This book is full of vivid, beautiful imagery. I gave it as a gift to my parents and they have loved it. It's a great companion to the BBC series, which was broadcast on the discovery channel in the US.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By personalityplus on July 17, 2013
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Love the narration and do enjoy these type national geographic series. If your into nature and such, you will enjoy this. The quality of the picture is very good and this narrator is very clear and has a great voice for the narration. The camera work is phenomenal and just so enjoyable to watch. Really like this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By WhiteStar641 on July 9, 2013
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This book is awesome. Beautiful pictures and so much information. My kids have spent so much time reading the book. They love it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kimberly on June 28, 2013
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This book is exactly as described. The wording is perfect and the pictures are absolutely stunning! We bought the book for an 80 year old nature lover and he loves it
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 31, 2012
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Only had a chance to flip through the book, but I must say that the pictures are absolutely gorgeous! Very vivid! Definitely a book that can be enjoyed by all ages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lightning on December 17, 2012
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First off, the photographs are beautiful. The paper on which the book is printed is heavy stock and just looks elegant.
We put this book on our coffee table and visitors waste no time in picking it up to browse.
Great price on an excellent book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jodi on December 8, 2012
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cant miss this. the photography is unparralelled. Reminder of the beauty of the world we live in and the wonders it possesses
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