I had a secret obsession when I was a kid. I was obsessed with all things Arctic.
Okay, so maybe it wasn’t secret. In fact, it might have been really obvious, since all I talked about was polar bears and seal bacon and igloos and… well… yes.
I bought this book as a type of hat tip to the heyday of my Arctic madness. As I started to read it, I found the old obsession creeping back upon me. Because it really is a splendid book.
A lot of books about nature feature ugly, grayish, badly lit photos of the animals under discussion. Not so with Polar Animals – in fact, the pictures are high quality, sharp, bright, detailed pictures. Maria Behan works her way through several of the families of animals – seals, whales, bears, canines, deer, and birds – that live in polar regions. Pictures are included of every species mentioned, including elephant seals, arctic foxes, wolverines, puffins, penguins, ermines, and reindeer.
At the very back of the book is included a list of all of the pictures included in the book along with text specifically identifying each animal.
Conclusion. Very, very basic, but good.
Review © 2015 Laura Verret