Out of the Ice by Claire Eamer & Drew Shannon
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Publication Date: September 4, 2018
Hardcover Edition: 32 Pages
Hardcover Edition Price: $17.99 USD
Genre: Children’s nonfiction
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About the Book
As climate change is warming our planet, the ice in Earth’s cryosphere is melting — from glaciers to mountaintop patches to permafrost. An unexpected result of this melting has been the discovery of artifacts that were long preserved in the ice’s depths. Tools, clothing and, perhaps most remarkable, human bodies have been revealed at the edges the retreating ice. Examining these discoveries, along with traces of plants and animals also melting out of the ice, is the work of researchers in a brand-new scientific field called glacial archaeology. This one-of-a-kind introduction to the work of these researchers examines some of the fascinating artifacts that have been uncovered and the insights they provide into how our ancestors lived. It also describes the urgency of this work; as soon as these clues to the past become exposed to the elements, they begin to disintegrate. Award-winning author Claire Eamer keeps the interest level high with her intriguing stories, organized into thirteen chapters. The accessible text is complemented by loads of eye-catching visuals, such as photos of actual artifacts and mummified remains, along with Drew Shannon’s full-color illustrations. The table of contents, timeline, references, glossary and index enhance the book’s classroom utility. This timely book is an excellent choice for updated lessons on the impacts of changes in the environment. Information here covers subjects ranging from science and technology to environmental studies to history and geography.
About the Author
Claire grew up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada – and now lives on Gabriola Island, British Columbia. Between those places, she has lived in Whitehorse, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Edmonton, and parts of Germany and England.
After earning two degrees in English, Claire set out to make her living as a writer. She has worked as a radio copywriter, newspaper and radio reporter, book editor, and university instructor. She had a brief stint as a government communications officer – and a longer, more useful spell coordinating a climate change research network. For most of her career, however, Claire has been a freelance writer.
Currently, she spends much of her time writing fiction and nonfiction for children and young adults. She also does some freelance journalism, and she writes and edits major science-based reports and studies as a member of Eamer Science & Policy.
“Out of the Ice,” is a nice little educational read, designed to teach kids about the time of the “Great Ice Age” and some of the many tools they used. These tools were discovered when the ice that has been around for hundreds of thousand of years started to melt thanks to global warning. The Earth still has hundred of thousand of secrets still frozen in time, some just below the surface.
We now know that was a really early version of the bow and arrow pictured below.
I can say, this is a book I would let my child read when they are in that true learning stage. Right around seven or eight years old, would be the perfect time.