The Snow Baby: The Arctic Childhood of Robert E. Peary's Daring Daughter

The Snow Baby The Arctic Childhood of Robert E Peary s Daring Daughter Born in a two room tar paper covered house in the far north of Greenland Marie Ahnighito Peary was destined to have an exciting childhood Her parents the famous explorer Robert E Peary and Josephin

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  • Title: The Snow Baby: The Arctic Childhood of Robert E. Peary's Daring Daughter
  • Author: Katherine Kirkpatrick
  • ISBN: 9780823419739
  • Page: 116
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Born in a two room, tar paper covered house in the far north of Greenland, Marie Ahnighito Peary was destined to have an exciting childhood Her parents, the famous explorer Robert E Peary and Josephine Peary, had shocked Victorian society by starting their family so far away from civilization Fair skinned children were so rare in the far North that the local Inuit calBorn in a two room, tar paper covered house in the far north of Greenland, Marie Ahnighito Peary was destined to have an exciting childhood Her parents, the famous explorer Robert E Peary and Josephine Peary, had shocked Victorian society by starting their family so far away from civilization Fair skinned children were so rare in the far North that the local Inuit called Marie Snow Baby Map, time line, bibliography, index.A Booklist Editors Choice Book A Booklist Top 10 Biography for YouthAn Orbis Pictus Award Recommended TitleA Cooperative Children s Book Center Choice BookA James Madison Book Award Honor Book

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    1. Born in Greenland, Marie Ahnighito Peary, daughter of the Arctic explorer, Robert Peary, began life as a celebrity "Snow Baby." People were shocked that Josephine Peary would give birth to her daughter in the northern Greenland, but thrilled when she was born healthy and thrived through her first year there. Marie did not live all her life above the Arctic Circle, but did return several times to visit her father for periods of a year or more during his 23-year quest to reach the North Pole. She [...]

    2. Overall this was an enjoyable way to learn about Peary and his daughter, with heavy emphasis on life of a child in two different worlds. I have a few issues, the biggest is inclusion of information about Peary's infidelities and illegitimate children. Not because I think it should be hidden, but because the whole story is told from the perspective of his daughter and what she saw and understood was going on. And she didn't have any idea about this until she was a grown up. I would have preferred [...]

    3. The Snow Baby is written about the daughter of Robert Peary who is supposedly the first person to find the North Pole. His daughter Marie Peary has quite a childhood starting from the day she was born. Marie was born in Greenland at the housing place of her mom, father, and hiss expedition men who were getting ready to set out on the first of many journeys. Most of her childhood was spent on a ship or in Greenland playing with the Inuit children while her dad went on his journeys. The other part [...]

    4. Fascinating story about a unique childhood. Also piqued my interest in learning more about Robert Peary's expeditions.An account of Marie Ahnighito Peary, the daughter of North Pole explorer Robert E. Peary. Marie was born in northern Greenland while her father was on expedition. Her unusual and fair apprearance inspired the Inuits to dub her "Snow Baby." Her unique and adventurous upbringing exposed her to the Inuit population and culture; she had Inuit playmates and wore warm clothing made by [...]

    5. Because of her light skin and bright blue eyes, the Inuit people of the Arctic regions dubbed Marie Peary 'Snow Baby'. Daughter of Admiral Robert E. Peary, Marie was born on September 12, 1893 in a rugged lodge on the edge of the world in northern Greenland. Over the years, she and her mother traveled with her famous father and experienced a life far-removed from her contemporary counterparts. Her life was rich with travels, sights, and education that a life solely spent in the United States cou [...]

    6. A fascinating look at a part of history I knew nothing about, this book is also a fascinating look at a remarkable family and group of people whose courage, fortitude, and determination is incomprehensible. I couldn't stop reading it. It's size and format makes it look and feel like a children's book but I suggest that it is not. It's a long read (the illustrations are few, and all photographs) and it briefly discusses Peary's affair with an Inuit woman and his fathering of two of her children.

    7. This was a very interesting life of Marie, the daughter of Arctic explorer Robert E. Peary. I found the old photographs of her especially intriguing because of the Eskimo clothes she was wearing. Also, for a Victorian-era girl (born 1893), they allowed her to ramble around like a tomboy rather than to dress and act like a little lady. Pair this with Pam Conrad's picture book Call Me Ahnighito.This book also made me want to read more about Peary and his exploits.

    8. Part biographical, part informative of the trials and tribulations of Artic explorer Admiral Robert E Peary and his family. Set for middle school age students discussing: exploration, the 1890's early 1900's. Evolution of science during that time, the ways of Inuit people.Authentic family photos really bring the story to life.

    9. Great photos and a fascinating story. If the Peary's had been your Ma and Pa, you would have been sledding on glaciers and climbing the rigging on sailing ships instead of being carpooled to soccer practice and play dates. Good one for helicopter parents and kids trapped into the dreaded biography assignment.

    10. Were it not for the children's librarian at my local library putting this like new book out in a display of wintery books, I would not have known about this one. In some respects, it's more a biography of Admiral Peary than his daughter but fascinating nonetheless and illustrated with amazing black and white photos. Glad I read it.

    11. This book is a nice, quick read- the best part was the pictures. A lot of the book is an outline of what they did (went here, went there) and I wished it said more about what life was like for them. Towards the late-middle to the end there were a few stories and experiences that were fun.

    12. Bookaday #7. Written by the author of the YA novel I just finished, had to read her previously published children's bio about Marie Peary, a character in the novel. Very interesting, chock full of photos, maps, well researched.

    13. Like my friend Erika, I'm easily taken with Arctic stories. I'd never heard of little Ms. Peary, but even the pictures and their captions made this children's nonfiction book worth picking up. Fascinating!

    14. This little book (48 pages) packs a lot of information about polar exploration into its 48 pages. There are a lot of pictures and explanations within.I think this would be a good book for an elementary-age child who likes adventure.

    15. It is a good example of biography for the beginner. Loads of primary source photographs and reproductions of letters. And a good story. I would use this as a biography example starting in grade 3 and use it right up to grade 6.

    16. Great use of primary sources to tell an exciting story. Kirkpatrick uses sensitivity to describe relationship between Peary and indigenous people.

    17. This has been on my to-read list since 2008. Glad I finally got around to reading it. Short, fast interesting read.

    18. This just caught my eye. I don't think I could ever handle the artic circle, much less have a baby there. Interesting. It's always nice to find a short and sweet book to read in 30 min or less.

    19. This was an entertaining and informative biography of Marie Peary. The narrative and the photographs really bring Marie to life for the reader.

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