New Release Books by Meredith Hooper

Meredith Hooper is the author of River Story (2021), The Pebble in My Pocket (2015), Who Built the Pyramid? (2014), Ponko and the South Pole (2012) and other 89 books.

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River Story

release date: Apr 06, 2021
River Story
“A luscious blend of cool blues and verdant greens lights up the pages of this poetic picture book, which traces the course of a river from its source.” — Publishers Weekly Follow a river from its beginnings as a mountain stream formed from melting snow, as it rushes over rocks and through valleys to the busy city, and finally to its end, where it joins the sea.

The Pebble in My Pocket

release date: Oct 09, 2015
The Pebble in My Pocket
New in paperback! Where do pebbles come from? How were they made? This book tells the story of a pebble, from its origins in a fiery volcano 480 million years ago to a busy, modern landscape. Readers follow the processes of rock formation and erosion that create new pebbles all over the world. "Hooper and Coady pass on a sense of wonder for the history contained in one small pebble....Coady provides spectacular paintings, given texture, weight, and movement by the strokes of his brush." - Kirkus Reviews

Who Built the Pyramid?

release date: Sep 09, 2014
Who Built the Pyramid?
Describes the different roles people played in building the pyramid from the water carrier to the King of Egypt, and discover why each claims to have built the pyramid.

Ponko and the South Pole

release date: Sep 25, 2012
Ponko and the South Pole
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.

Antarctic Journal

release date: Jan 01, 2000
Antarctic Journal
Offers a look at the animals of Antarctica, their behavior, and their ability to survive in the harsh environment.

A Song for Planet Earth

release date: Jan 01, 2000
A Song for Planet Earth
A lyrical - and timely - celebration of planet Earth, focusing in on many of the amazing aspects of the world as we approach the next millenium. Each page takes the reader to a new country/continent around the world, depicting something wonderful and special particular to the different landscapes, ranging from South American rainforest to ice floes in Antarctica, jungle in India to the coral reef of the Red Sea. The text is stunningly illustrated by exciting new artist, Rupert van Wyk, in a beautiful series of wildlife paintings, capturing the world in all its glory.

The Longest Winter

release date: Oct 14, 2010
The Longest Winter
Scott's Northern Party played an integral role in his iconic last expedition, but how did they survive? Through the eyes of the men involved, Meredith Hooper recounts one of the greatest tales of adventure and endurance, which has often been overshadowed by the tragedy which befell Scott. Their tents were torn, their food was nearly finished and the ship had failed to pick them up as planned. Gale-force winds blew, bitter with the cold of approaching winter. Stranded and desperate, the six men of the Northern Party faced disaster. Searching out a snow drift they burrowed inside. Lieutenant Victor Campbell drew a line across the floor in the gloom to establish naval order: three officers on one side, the three seamen on the other. A birthday was celebrated with a carefully hoarded biscuit and they sang hymns every Sunday, so what kept these men going? Circumstances forced them closer together, their roles blurred and a shared sense of reality emerged. This mutual suffering made them indivisible and somehow they made it through the longest winter. To the south, the men waiting at headquarters knew that the Polar Party must be dead and hoped that another six men would not be added to the death toll. Working from expedition diaries, journals and letters written by expedition members, Meredith Hooper tells the intensely human story of Scott's other expedition.

Dinosaur

release date: Jan 01, 1996
Dinosaur
Cambridge Reading is a new reading scheme which provides books and support materials for the teaching of reading throughout the primary years. Key features include: a coherent yet flexible structure for teaching and learning; a variety of picture books; a balance of text types and genres, including stories, poems and information books; an integrated phonics programme; and support materials. There are nine information books in the Becoming a Reader stage, designed to introduce young readers to information retrieval skills. Six are by Meredith Hooper, three of which, Dinosaur, Osprey and Seal - all illustrated by Bert Kitchen - are concerned with living things. The remainder investigate the effect of human intervention on the landscape; these are The Bridge, The Forest and The Harbour, illustrated by Peter Kent.

The Ferocious Summer

release date: May 01, 2009
The Ferocious Summer
Although it may seem barren, Antarctica is a vital — and increasingly threatened — part of the Earth's ecosystem. The Ferocious Summer is writer Meredith Hooper's firsthand account of the effects of climate change on this frozen continent. For one summer, Hooper lived and worked with scientists observing the summer population of Adélie penguins nesting at Palmer Station, the smallest of America's three Antarctic research bases. For Hooper, Palmer's penguins offered a way to understand the complex business of the Earth's changing climate. The Antarctic Peninsula was warming fast. Why? What were scientists doing to understand it? The daily lives of Palmer's few thousand Adélie penguins were becoming key evidence, and pieces of the climate change jigsaw began falling into place. Based on daily diaries, acute personal observations, and interviews with Antarctica's international community of researchers, this book is a fascinating and alarming report from the frontlines of global warming.

A Book of Hours

release date: Mar 28, 1997
A Book of Hours
Cambridge Reading is a major reading scheme which provides stimulating books and support materials for the teaching of reading and the development of literacy throughout the primary years.

Celebrity Cat

release date: Jan 01, 2008
Celebrity Cat
It is Cats' Visiting Night at the Art Gallery, and cats want to see paintings with cats in them - six funny reworkings of famous paintings, each shown alongside the original masterpiece.

The Pole-seekers

release date: Jan 01, 2000
The Pole-seekers
The year is 1901 and as men begin their journey to the South Pole, a company of rats on board their ship are about to do the same. This extraordinary children's story tells of the first expedition to the Antarctic from a rat's point of view.

Tom's Rabbit

release date: Jan 01, 1998
Tom's Rabbit
In 1910 on a voyage to Antarctica aboard the ship Terra Nova, Tom searches for a warm place for his rabbit and returns after Christmas dinner to find a surprise. Based on the diary of Tom Crean.

An Egyptian Tomb

release date: Jan 01, 2008
An Egyptian Tomb
Explores the mysteries of the tomb of the ancient Egyptian Nebamun through the recently conserved paintings of his tomb-chapel.

The Tomb of Nebamun

release date: Apr 01, 2008
The Tomb of Nebamun
Explore the mysteries of the tomb of the ancient Egyptian Nebamun, discovering his world through the recently conserved paintings from his tomb-chapel.

Drop in My Drink Reissue

release date: Jan 01, 2008
Drop in My Drink Reissue
This is the story of a drop of water, told by a gifted science writer and illustrated with remarkable paintings. Where does this marvellous liquid come from? How does it behave? Meredith Hooper takes us back thousands of years to see where the Earth's water came from, and how life began in the oceans and later moved onto land. She describes the water cycle, the relationship between water and living things and between water and erosion. She also discusses important environmental issues and provides a fascinating collection of water facts.

Race to the Pole

release date: Jan 01, 2007
Race to the Pole
'Race to the Pole' tells of several expeditions into the unknown. It looks at Scott, the old fashioned hero whose lack of preparation led to tragedy, Shackleton, who refused to sacrifice his men to the cause, and Amundsen.

Honey Biscuits

release date: Jun 01, 2004
Honey Biscuits
One cow, a thousand buzzing bees and the bark from a tree. When Ben learns how to make honey biscuits with his gran, he doesn't just find out how to bake biscuits, he also discovers where all the ingredients in the recipe come from and whose help he really needs. Including the recipe for honey biscuits, this is a perfect introduction to food and cooking for the youngest child.

Emily and Alfie

release date: Jan 01, 2007
Emily and Alfie
Far, far away near the bottom of the world, where the penguins live, a great white iceberg rose above the ice. In its side, like a whale's watchful eye, was an ice cave. Emily and Alfie are best friends looking for adventure. They decide to sneak off and peek inside - just for a minute... Fall in love with the mischievous and extremely adorable Emily and Alfie.

Dogs' Night

release date: Oct 01, 2006
Dogs' Night
For use in schools and libraries only. These are not ordinary pets but dogs that actually live in paintings in an art museum. Once a year, they secretly celebrate "Dogs' Night" and run wild.

Stephen Biesty's Castles

release date: Jan 01, 2006
Stephen Biesty's Castles
This is a portrait of ten real castles in history. Stephen Biesty's illustrations combined with Meredith Hooper's text bring the castles to life by introducting their knights and kitchenmaids, sultans and samurai, soldiers and spies.

The Bridge

release date: Feb 01, 1996
The Bridge
Cambridge Reading is a major reading scheme which provides stimulating books and support materials for the teaching of reading and the development of literacy throughout the primary years.

Rainforest

release date: Jan 01, 1997
Rainforest
Suitable for children in Year 2 (age 6), Rainforest is one of nine books from the Cambridge Reading non-fiction strand. This strand has been designed to introduce young readers to information retrieval skills. Over 100 million years ago, rainforests covered much of Australia. This book looks at the remaining ancient rainforests. It also portrays some of the wonderful plants and creatures found there and explains the interdependency of all these living things, and how vulnerable the rainforest is to sudden change. Cambridge Reading at Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) includes fiction, non-fiction, poetry and plays to offer children a variety of text types, authors and illustrators and provide a firm base for wider reading.

Tom Crean's Rabbit

release date: Jun 17, 2005
Tom Crean's Rabbit
It's very cold in Antarctica, and the Terra Nova is crowded with both men and animals. Tom the sailor is looking for a quiet and cozy place for his pet rabbit to have her babies. From high in the rigging to down in the hold, the crewman takes readers all through the ship while he searches for a spot where his rabbit can make her nest. Based on the diaries of men who sailed to the South Pole on board the Terra Nova in 1910 with Captain Robert Falcon Scott, Tom Crean's Rabbit introduces the historic voyage to young readers. Kitchen's stunning illustrations capture the magnificence of the Antarctic landscape and notes in the back of the book provide more information about the expedition and detail the adventures of the book's hero.

Honey Cookies

release date: Apr 28, 2005
Honey Cookies
For young Ben, nothing is better than his grandmother's honey cookies. But what exactly goes into making this special treat? Grandma decides it's a good time for Ben to find out. When he learns how to make honey cookies, he doesn't just find out how to bake cookies, he also discovers where all the ingredients in the recipe come from and whose help he really needs. Alison Bartlett's warm, vibrant illustrations accentuate Meredith Hooper's simple, lively text. Including an easy recipe for honey cookies, this is a perfect introduction to food and cooking for very young readers.

Gold Quest

release date: Jan 01, 2005
Gold Quest
Describes how one piece of precious gold, created billions of years ago, is formed into an Egyptian mask and, as centuries pass and the gold changes hands, is shaped into different objects.
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