Antarctica has no native inhabitants, and it’s very remote, which means everyone who goes there – today or in the past – has a special reason for wanting to go. It’s a place that children can only imagine, because they can’t go there.
In December 2016, Philippa Werry won a place on Antarctica NZ’s community engagement programme (formerly Artists and Writers to Antarctica). On her return she decided to write a book targeted for 8-14-year old children about her captivating experience.
Unlike books on Antarctica that often focus on one aspect such as the race for the Pole, Antarctic Journeys combines the unique history with present day and includes the distinctive features and wildlife of Antarctica.
This book is about the journeys (historic and contemporary, human and animal, large and small) that centre around Antarctica, to build up an overall picture of Antarctic history, geography, science and wildlife.
The incredibly challenging and at times fatal early expeditions reveal the immense courage and perseverance needed to map and explore the region.
Image-rich, using photographs, maps and paintings Antarctic Journeys features letters, diaries, newspaper and eye-witness reports from the days of early exploration and current research and interviews and also includes biographies, maps, a timeline and glossary.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Award winning children’s author Philippa Werry has wide experience in writing fiction and non-fiction for both trade and educational publishers. Anzac Day was nominated in the Non Fiction section of the 2014 NZ Post Children’s Book Awards and the Lianza Book Awards. In 2010, she was shortlisted for the Text Publishing Prize and received the NZSA Mid-Career Writers Award. Her latest book with New Holland The New Zealand Wars was a finalist in the 2018 NZ children’s book awards.
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