Planet Arctic: Life at the Top of the World.
Article Type: Book review
Subject: Books (Book reviews)
Author: Cowles, Elizabeth
Pub Date: 08/01/2011
Publication: Name: The American Biology Teacher Publisher: National Association of Biology Teachers Audience: Academic; Professional Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Biological sciences; Education Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 National Association of Biology Teachers ISSN: 0002-7685
Issue: Date: August, 2011 Source Volume: 73 Source Issue: 6
Topic: NamedWork: Planet Arctic: Life at the Top of the World (Nonfiction work)
Persons: Reviewed Illustrator: Lynch, Wayne Reviewee: Lynch, Wayne
Accession Number: 265291897
Full Text: Planet Arctic: Life at the Top of the World. By Wayne Lynch. 2010. Firefly Books (U.S.) Inc. (ISBN 9781554076321). 239 pages. Hardback. $40.00.

The author of this book takes his readers on a trip through various landscapes of the Arctic using photographs and personal comments to document animals, birds, and plants that decorate this mostly unknown area. Interrelationships of organisms, commentary on their interactions, and explanations of personal photographs provide a glimpse into this world that will interest any wildlife lover.

The stunning photographs and delightful commentary make this book a wonderful addition to any library. The patience and determination of the photographer/author are evident in the close-up and personal photographs of a land rarely seen and observed by humans. It imparts a sense of amazement at the adaptability and interwoven connections of life:

Lynch takes us on a journey that allows us to experience the beauty of a mostly unknown world. After reading this book, I realized I had a deeper appreciation for the Arctic and had learned some amazing facts, all the while being entertained by truly outstanding photographs: hills and valleys of Northwest Fiord in East Greenland, longtailed jaegars soaring in the air, wrestling polar bears, and close-up portraits of harp seal pups, just to name a few. While not a text book, I found it a wonderful addition to my classroom, and my students thought it was amazing.

Shannon Ralph

Dodge City High School

Dodge City, KS 67801

DOI: 10.1525/abt.2011.73.6.12

ELIZABETH COWLES teaches freshman biology, biochemistry, and entomology at Eastern Connecticut State University. She has taught at the undergraduate and graduate college levels for over 20 years. Her interests include insect toxicology, protein characterization, and astrobiology. Cowles holds degrees in biology and biochemistry from Cornell University and Michigan State University. Her address is Department of Biology, ECSU, 83 Windham St., Willimantic, CT 06226; e-mail:
Once again, the two parties--the
   chased and the chasers--were
   out of eyeshot of one another.
   I suspect the wolves could still
   smell the caribou, because they
   then reprised the same ploy
   that had failed mere moments
   before.... Julius Caesar famously
   said, "Veni, vidi, vici" (I came, I
   saw, I conquered), but for the
   wolves that afternoon, it was
   more like "We came, we saw, we
   chased, and we failed a second
   time." At that point, I was chuckling
   delightedly to myself.I
   had seen the wiliness of wolves,
   the vigilance and strength of
   caribou and the mismanaged
   execution of a chase. The arms
   race was still in motion, and the
   outcome was as uncertain as
   ever. (p. 107)
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