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Animals Robert Scott Saw: An Adventure in Antarctica    by Sandra Markle order for
Animals Robert Scott Saw
by Sandra Markle
Order:  USA  Can
Chronicle, 2008 (2008)

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* * *   Reviewed by Deb Kincaid

Sandra Markle, author of Animals Robert Scott Saw: An Adventure in Antarctica, has some idea of what Scottish explorer Robert Scott and his crew experienced as they set out to reach the South Pole in 1901, and again in 1911. Like Scott, she's camped in Antarctica with scientists studying penguins, and had the scary experience of riding out a brutal storm there.

Using information obtained from diaries and sketches, Markle presents the exciting story of Robert Falcon Scott, a Royal Navy commander at the time, who was first tapped to lead an expedition to Antarctica in 1901. Outfitted with reindeer hide clothing, and traveling with specially trained snow dogs and ponies, Markle brings to light some of the pleasant surprises enjoyed, as well as disappointing failures Scott and his team faced, as they pushed on to be the first to reach the South Pole. The author highlights the important roles played by the snow dogs and Manchurian ponies both in exploring Antarctica, and in facilitating research of the penguins, fishes, and sponges of that frigid land more than a century ago.

The book's original illustrations include acrylic painting on wood, authentic black and white photographs of Scott's ships, teams, and camps, and sketches and paintings of Dr. Edward Wilson, the team's assistant surgeon and artist-in-residence. Numerous information boxes complement the narrative, and provide intriguing facts and supplementary detail young readers will devour. This book whets the appetite for the study of nature and history, and even a little adventure, too.

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