January 24, 2014

Alone in Antarctica

Black Whiteness: Admiral Byrd Alone in the Antarctic
by Robert Burleigh
illustrated by Walter Lyon Krudop

In 1934, for nearly six months, Admiral Richard Byrd stayed alone on Antarctica. Living underground in a small, dark room, he must survive bitter cold, Antarctic blizzards, and carbon monoxide poisoning. But somehow, he endures.

Burleigh's text, written as a free verse poem, expertly captures Byrd's despair and loneliness. Excerpts from Byrd's diaries add to the emotion. The poem is beautifully illustrated by Krudop's paintings; the dark colors effectively dramatize Byrd's ordeal.

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