Time length to read: 10-15 min (varies)
Age recommend: 8 and up
Author: Chelsea Prince
Photos By: Keoki Flagg and Robert Pittman
Publisher: Chelsea Print & Publishing
Best place to purchase: Amazon (Click word for direct link)
Price: $17.06 (Hardcover)
Today I am excited to bring you a book filled with adventure, that’s also based on true events! Snowcial, by Chelsea Prince, is about the two week adventure of a boy and girl named Anna and Rory. They go on a two week cruise with their parents to Antarctica and experience amazing adventures with ocean and the wildlife that is in it. During their journey, they also share their experiences with other students and children when they participate in a live Skype session. From penguins, to killer whales, the adventures that Anna and Rory experience are ones not to miss out on.
This book was one word, amazing! I have never seen anything like it before, where it had a story plot along with actual photographs. Similar to illustrations, it was interesting and very unique to see how well these photos matched up to the story. Also, they weren’t just any ordinary photos placed into the story, it was some of the best photos taken of wildlife and scenery I’ve seen. The plot to the story is great. It’s something that kids can relate to and will want children going on their own adventures to the antarctic. This book also includes several facts in the story on various animals and things in the Antarctic.
Every school should have this book. It is not only a great children’s story, but an educational book that will benefit children everywhere. So if you are looking for a great read filled with adventure, great photographs, and educational value, I’d highly recommend this book. Prepare to get Snowcial!
I had the opportunity to do an author interview Chelsea Prince herself. Check it out below!
Author Interview with Chelsea Prince
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m the founder of Chelsea Print & Publishing, an aesthetically-focused publishing company known for its commitment to storytelling, accessible professional art, and the support of non-profits related to its published works. I’ve authored and published two books under this imprint Rock and Vine (for readers 21 +) and Snowcial: An Antarctic Social Network Story (for readers under 21). They are both created in a readable coffee table book style with full-spread photography and memorable narratives.
What do you do when you are not writing?
When I’m not writing, I’m working on building my publishing company, Chelsea Print & Publishing, traveling somewhere new, or keeping active outside. I am thankful that growing up my family valued travel as a source of education and expansion of the mind, and I have continued to translate travel into a business through writing.
What inspired you to write your first book?
I traveled to Antartica with the intention of writing a children’s book, but those intentions were confirmed by my experiences during the trip. On board, I ran an education program with the world’s most traveled polar explorer, Doug Soup, which enabled classrooms around the world to connect with us in Antarctica live. Children could essentially participate in the Antarctic experience virtually, and ask questions about what we were seeing. The abundant questions asked by the children and teachers in those classrooms truly inspired me to go forth with the creation of this book. Children rarely get to experience the Antarctic continent, and I felt compelled to introduce them to it in a way they wouldn’t find in a textbook.
How did you come up with the title?
I was struggling for a unique way to describe the overused term “circle of life” and decided to create my own word -“Snowcial”- instead. I’ve always wondered at the art of forming new words, so I took liberty to literally create the title. “Snowcial” is melded of the words “snow” and “social” to describe the natural animal network that exists in Antarctica: penguins eat Krill, seals eat penguins, orca whales eat seals.
Where do you get your ideas?
I get my ideas from everyday experiences. There is no better story than the truth. Snowcial is based on a true story of a trip to Antarctica in November 2011. As a publisher of coffee-table style books, I also think it’s important to include the true visual story. There are large-format photos on every page that reflect the real circumstances and real sights in Antarctica. Not many people have the opportunity to travel to Antarctica, so anything that happens down there is a fascinating story in itself.
Is there a message in your book that you want readers to grasp?
Snowcial encourages kids and families to get outside and explore. The two main characters in the book, Anna and Rory, are whisked away on a family trip to Antarctica (they’d rather spend school break at the beach!) and shirk all technology. Originally they are resistant to this exotic continent at the bottom of the world, but they end up learning immensely about themeselves and the unique world around them. Travel creates immense potential for global awareness and family relationship building, and the first step is to put down the remote and walk outside.
What books have influenced your life most?
I am constantly inspired and influenced by books, but those by Ronald Dahl were most influential in my childhood. Dahl was a master storyteller; he and his books have even more sentimental value because they were the first chapter books I read myself.
Do you have any advice for any other writer?
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Never stop exploring. (Or reading!)
To check out more about Chelsea and her book Snowcial, visit: http://chelseaprintandpublishing.com
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author in exchange for a fair review and book spotlight. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”