- The Washington Times - Friday, May 11, 2007

By Ryan Kellner, age 7

Mayo Elementary School, Edgewater, Md.

Lorrie Mack’s “Arctic: Around the Clock With the Animals of the Arctic” is a great book. It tells about the animals and how they live hour by hour in the cold weather. The animals don’t live like we do hour by hour with morning routines, school, recess and bedtime. They’re up really early, like at 4 a.m.

This book talks about walruses, polar bears, arctic deer, snowy owls, musk oxen, caribou, whales and arctic foxes. I thought it was amazing that the seals could lie on the ice and not fall in the water unless they wanted to get fish for their babies.

A lot of the animals in the Arctic are white so other animals and predators can’t see them. Polar bears don’t have to worry about other animals hurting them because they are the biggest bears in the world. I’m glad I wasn’t a baby polar bear because the moms make their 1-year-olds go and find their own food.

Did you know that walruses can stay under water for up to a half-hour? That’s a long time to hold your breath. Did you also know that walruses are the same size as a small car? Wow. That’s big.

Musk oxen are the only Arctic animals who never need to find something to get away from the weather no matter how cold it gets. This is because their coat has many layers. It’s kind of like when we wear our coats outside in the snow but a lot thicker.

There are also reindeer in the Arctic. I thought those were only at the North Pole. These reindeer are very skinny, though.

My favorite part of this book was the polar bear because they are big and eat a lot. They love food just like I do. I would tell my friends who like animals to read this book because it has a lot of neat facts in it and tells about how the animals live.

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