4 out of 4 stars
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We follow Hugo and his two animal friends, Iggy Iguana and Boobie Bird, on their exploration of the South Pole and the animals residing in it. The Hugonauts: Animals of the South Pole is an illustrated book that offers a fun, simple way to teach children about fascinating creatures of the South Pole. From creatures as big as the blue whale to ones as tiny as Antarctic midges, the kids are sure to be left ooh-ing and aah-ing.
The creators of this piece, Mark Morris and Simon Swingler, started out by using rhymes to introduce Hugo’s mission and the animals. The book also featured friendly, bright illustrations that are sure to capture any child’s attention. In the end, however, the book took a more serious turn, with the authors introducing Fun Facts that explained the rhymes in a bit more detail. I found this appropriate since an adult can take more time to carefully explain what the child already saw in pictures.
The rhymes could easily be read by any child aged 5-10. But to get the full benefit of both fun and real education, it will be best for an adult to read it out to a child. The book even features appropriate exclamations in the Fun Facts part that an adult can say to spice up their reading. For instance, where the South Pole was described as a sort of frozen desert, a fun exclamation differentiating “dessert” from “desert” was included. This takes care of most of the creative work for an adult reading the book to a child; you won’t have a problem knowing when to say what.
There is nothing to dislike about this illustrated book, and I rate it 4 out of 4 stars. The pictures are colorful and captivating, and the words are short rhymes that still impart knowledge in a way that a child will not feel overloaded. I found it to be a perfect children’s book. I did not find any errors, and it was obvious that a great deal of care had gone into bringing this book to life.
There are other books in The Hugonauts series; they describe animals in other parts of the world, including Australia, Africa, the North Pole, and others. I recommend that all parents, guardians, aunties, and uncles of children aged 5-10 pick up all the books in this series for their wards. You might find that even you will have something to learn from it too.
Animals of the South Pole
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