Artfully designed, filled with fascinating photographs, The Snow Baby recalls the adventurous, unorthodox childhood of Admiral Robert E. Peary's spirited daughter.
Marie Ahnighito Peary was born in 1893 in a tiny, tar paper-covered house in northern Greenland to the famous explorer Robert E. Peary and Josephine Peary. Even the local Inuit were amazed by the blonde, blue-eyed infant they called "Snow Baby." Marie spent her remarkable childhood moving between two very different worlds-the gentile society of her mother's home in the United States and the rugged Arctic, where she dressed in caribou skins, explored the frozen tundra with her Inuit friends, and spent a winter on a rickety ship trapped by ice.
Excerpt from The Snow Baby: The Arctic Childhood of Admiral Robert E. Peary's Daring Daughter. Text copyright © 2007 by Katherine Kirkpatrick. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
A Booklist Editors' Choice Book
A Booklist Top 10 Biography for Youth
An Orbis Pictus Award Recommended Title
A Cooperative Children's Book Center Choice Book
A James Madison Book Award Honor Book
"This has everything—adventure, longing for a parent, the juxtaposition of cultures—all wrapped up in an attractive package, studded with fabulous photographs."
—Booklist (starred review)