Review: Stay and the Snow Dragon

Posted on October 20, 2014

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Stay Snow Dragon coverStay and the Snow Dragon: An Antarctic Adventure
Written by Ben Maddison and Andrew Peacock
Illustrated by Andrew Peacock
Blurb Books
June 2014
60 pages

Stay and the Snow Dragon is based on an actual 2013 Australasian Antarctic Expedition. A Russian crew aboard the Akademik Shokalskiy transported a team of scientists and their guests to Antarctica. On Christmas Day, a storm surrounded the ship with thick sheets of ice. The hero of this story, Stay was a VIP – very important passenger – on that expedition.

Stay is not your typical dog. He’s made of plastic molded into the sit position, hence the name, Stay. One day he was carried along with a team of scientists on a Russian ship towards a grand expedition in Antarctica. When they arrived at the ice edge of the frozen continent, the real adventure began. Stay tagged along with the scientists as they explored the vast Antarctic tundra and studied penguins, seals, and whales. During a dangerous winter storm, the ship was trapped in thick sheets of ice. They waited for days and days for the Snow Dragon to rescue them. But Stay was surprised to discover that Snow Dragon wasn’t what he thought. You will be, too.

Andrew Peacock’s digital photos are photo-shopped so as to create the appearance of vibrant watercolor illustrations. The effect is mesmerizing depth and detail that serves to draw the reader into the story. The stunning images portray the stark contrasts of this harsh, yet breathtaking environment.

Stay and the Snow Dragon introduces readers of all ages to this mysterious frozen world on an exciting expedition and rescue in Antarctica. ~ Copyright (c) 2014 by Peggy Tibbetts

Learn more about Stay and other exciting outdoor adventures at Footloose Fotography

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