We have an on-going interest in our house in the North and South Poles. Ben likes to look at maps and ask about where Santa lives and whether it is colder or warmer than where the penguins live. So, I decided to get us a bit more focused on learning about what's going on at the ends of the Earth.
Firth, we revisited one of our favorite children's books, The Polar Express - which, of course, doesn't tell us too much about the North Pole, but introduces it as a wonderfully cold and magical place where Santa lives. For our weekly chapter book, I picked one about the South Pole, Mr. Popper's Penguins - a fun little book about a man who is fascinated with explorations to the South Pole and finds himself with a house-full of penguins. Both these books have been turned into movies (starring Tom Hanks and Jim Carrey, respectively). I haven't seen either of them, but look forward to seeing them, along with Happy Feet and Happy Feet Two (featuring the voice of Robin Williams), when the weather gets a bit colder. I also wonder if the kids would enjoy one of my favorites, March of the Penguins.
We've also explored a few children's books about Inuit culture, as well as others about animal migration, and a few random fun ones just set in the North or South poles. They include:
- The Polar Bear Son: An Inuit Tale - Lydia Dabcovich
- Ookpik - Bruce Hiscock
- The Adventures of a South Pole Pig - Chris Kurtz
- Nothing Ever Happens at the South Pole - Stan & Jan Berenstain
- Thank You Aunt Tallulah - Carmela LaVigna Coyle (also good for encouraging the writing of thank you notes!)
- The North Pole Penguin - Christopher Payne
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