Here Is Antarctica

From the flash of orange on a penguin’s beak to iridescent icebergs jutting from the sea, this book beautifully illustrates how all life is interconnected.

Author: Madeleine Dunphy
Illustrator: Tom Leonard
Format: Paperback and Hardcover
Pages: 32
Ages: 3-8
Grade Levels: Pre K - 3
Lexile: BR1380L
Hardcover ISBN: 978-0977753948
Paperback ISBN: 978-0977753970
Price: PB: $9.95 • HC: $16.95
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“A rhythmic, cumulative text and detailed acrylic paintings emphasizing the pinks, blues and grays of the icy sea and sky introduce the relationships among animals in the Antarctic ecosystem. [T]he familiar, House-that-Jack-Built pattern will appeal to young listeners, and the repetition is a boon for early readers. Teachers will welcome this appealing introduction….” —Kirkus Reviews

“This is a great book. The paintings are beautiful, realistic, and full of detail. The final two pages identify the illustrated species and give more detailed information on Antarctica, including how icebergs are formed and threats to the continent. My three-year old daughter and I both love this book.” — Science Books & Films

Click to download “Antarctica Web of Life Activity.” Enact the Antarctic ecosystem by passing a ball of yarn to and from each other to represent the relationships between the animals and elements in Here Is Antarctica.

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Madeleine Dunphy

Madeleine Dunphy has studied and visited many of the world’s ecosystems, and was inspired to write books about our world’s great diversity of life. Her books have been published by Hyperion Books for Children, Millbrook Press, and her own publishing company, Web of Life Children’s Books—a publishing company devoted to publishing picture books about the environment. Madeleine is also a teacher, activist and mother. She lives in Oakland, California. For more information about Madeleine, her books, and her school presentations visit


Tom Leonard

Tom Leonard’s beautiful paintings have graced the pages of many children’s books including One Small Place by the Sea and One Small Place in a Tree by Barbara Brenner. His stunning artwork has been praised by Booklist as having “great visual flair,” and School Library Journal wrote that his colors “delight the eye.” He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Rose, and teaches at the University of the Arts. For more information visit