Thanks to Joellen McCarthy (@imalwayslearning), I now know about this fabulous book Sophie Scott Goes South by Alison Lester. Joellen is one of those people that mentions one great book every time I see her. And it is always a FABULOUS book that I have never heard of.
Sophie Scott Goes South is a book about a girl who gets to travel to Antarctica with her father, who is the captain of the ship that takes a group there. The book is about a fictitious character (Sophie Scott) but is based on Alison Lester's journey to the Antarctic.
The book reads like Sophie's journal. It is filled with her writing and drawings. And since this is based on the author's trip, there are lots of real photos throughout the book that show what Sophie is doing and seeing. The photos are incredible as the reader actually gets to see the real Antarctica.
I don't know much about Antarctica. I actually didn't even know I was interested in it. But some of the facts and information in this book are fascinating! One of the most fascinating things I learned was that scientists leave underwater microphones in the ocean for years so they can analyze whales sounds. Who knew? I had lots of WOW moments and lots of wonderings when I read this book. I imagine kids will too.
This book has so many possibilities. It is a longer picture book, maybe one that would take longer than one sitting to read. It would make a great read aloud and I am always looking for great informational texts to read aloud. The visuals really add to the text so that is one thing to study. The text can definitely be used as a mentor text in writing. It is perfect for middle grade kids.
So happy to know about this book! Fabulous!