Antarctic Close-up

       Title:" Antarctic Close-up"

ISBN:9781876944544

Author: Hazel Edwards

Illustrator:Meegan Parkee

PublisherNational Museum of Australia Press  

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Imagine handling a  real telescope from an Antarctic expedition.

John Collinson Close was a real explorer on the Australian Mawson 1911-1914 expedition to Antarctica.

He was assistant collector on the expedition.

His telescope is now in the National Museum of Australia.

Guess why this story might be called 'Antarctic Close-up'.

The Making Tracks series takes young readers on a fictional journey through some Australian stories,inspired by objects from the National Museum of Australia.

Other books in the series are based on museum objects such as a Chinese sewing basket from goldrush days, a convict coin and even an outside broadcast radio van from the Melbourne Olympic Games in 1956.

Although Hazel Edwards went on an Antarctic expedition to Casey Station with the Australian Antarctic Division as writer-on-ice,  in 2001, this story of today's 10 year old  John, is faction. Antarctic historical details are accurate. But a little electronic imagination has been added via the laptop web-cam.

John loves to fiddle with things but when he connects a broken web-cam to an old telescope,he is in for a shock.Suddenly he finds himself looking back in time, caught in a very 'cool' Antarctic adventure.

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Educational Resources for Teachers

  • The National Museum of Australia's  Making Tracks  interactive website has activities and links to real Antarctic footage.
  • The Looking Glass has a work in progress article about the process of writing 'Antarctic Close-up', which includes Hazel's research and challenges of writing faction about an historical event. [The Looking Glass : New Perspectives on Children's Literature, Vol 11, No 3 (2007)]
  • You can find more resources and classroom ideas for all of Hazel's Books by clicking through to the Teachers Resources Page.
  • Hazel's other Antarctic books include  the YA novel Antarctica's Frozen Chosen, a play in Right or Wrong, the diary 'Antarctic Writer on ice'  and a picture book Antarctic Dad.
  • Visit the Australian Antarctic Division website for links to the actual bases.
  • Aussie Reviews 'offers a unique perspective on Antarctic history to young readers.'
  • 'Through the webcam, history comes alive on his dad’s laptop.' Sally Murphy

   

Premier's Reading Challenges

Antarctic Close-up is listed as approved reading on Premier's Reading Challenges throughout Australia:

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Reviews and Feedback

Have you read Antarctic Close-up? Why not send Hazel a comment? You can email Hazel, tweet Hazel or post a message on her Facebook Page.You could also write your own book review. Here are some of the comments online. If you have more why not send them through!

    • Check  out Fran Knight's Read Plus review,  " Readers will learn a great deal of information about how these early explorers survived...'
    • Aussie Reviews  a unique perspective on Antarctic history for young readers

 

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