Ponko and the South Pole by Meredith Hooper


Ponko and the South Pole by Meredith Hooper

This delightful story follows Ponko the Penguin and his friend Joey Bear as they stow away on a sledge to take part in the Great Expedition to the South Pole, munching expedition biscuits and chocolate raisins as they go. Disaster strikes when they fall off the sledge and it looks like the pair will never reach the South Pole. But then Sid Skua comes to the rescue. Based on the real toy penguin Ponko, who belonged to Antarctic explorer and photographer Herbert Ponting, this is a beautifully crafted picture book that will enchant young readers.


The explorers were definitely getting ready. Sleeping bags and tents and boxes of food were piled on to the sledges. Ponko and Joey scrambled up on the last sledge. They were just in time. Everyone gave three cheers, and the Great Expedition to the South Pole set off. -- from the book

About the Author

Meredith Hooper

Award-winning Australian author, Meredith Hooper, will be one of the keynote speakers at the Australian Woman of the Year in the UK Award reception in London on 6 March 2008.
Meredith Hooper is a prolific Australian author. Born and educated in Adelaide, Meredith received her first degree from the University of Adelaide, before travelling to Oxford on an international scholarship to complete postgraduate studies in imperial history. She then travelled with her English husband to the United States and Canada, where she wrote a history of America for English school children and began research on her first best-seller, Everyday Inventions.
Since then, Meredith has published over 70 books, across a wide variety of subject areas, including history (including Australian history), science, technology, exploration and Egyptology, as well as novels. Her works include books for children and for adults, winning a number of international awards and short listings.
Meredith Hooper became a Visiting Scholar in the history of science and technology at the prestigious Royal Institution in London and was the first woman on the editorial board of The Round Table – the Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, where she still remains a Trustee.
A strong strand of Meredith Hooper's non-fiction book writing has been making science and technology accessible to non-specialists. Combined with her training as an historian, she has focused much of her writing during the last fifteen years on Antarctica, a continent where humans are visitors only, and animals are the indigenous inhabitants. Selected to work as a writer in Antarctica by the Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions, and the US National Science Program Office of Polar Programs, she has lived during three summers on science bases, and travelled extensively on US and Australian research vessels, and with the UK ice patrol vessel HMS Endurance. In 2000 she was awarded the Antarctic Service Medal by the National Science Foundation on behalf of the US Congress.
Her most recent title ‘The Ferocious Summer: Palmer’s Penguins and the Warming of Antarctica’ (Profile Books, 2007), is an eye-witness account of the front-line of climate change, working with US seabird ecologists at America's smallest Antarctic research base, Palmer Station, on the Antarctic Peninsula. The Antarctic Peninsula is one of the fastest warming places on earth. The impact on the local penguins is profound. ‘The Ferocious Summer’ describes the summer scientists now signal as a tipping point. ‘The Ferocious Summer’ was named the 2007 Daily Mail Science Book of the Year.

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Paperback / softback
32 pages


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Publication date

31st December 2012



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