Snow Baby by Katherine Kirkpatrick
The Arctic Childhood of Admiral Robert E. Peary's Daring Daughter

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Born in a two-room, tar paper-covered house in the far north of Greenland, Marie Ahnighito Peary was destined to have an exciting childhood. Her parents, the famous explorer Robert E. Peary and Josephine Peary, had shocked Victorian society by starting their family so far away from "civilization." Fair-skinned children were so rare in the far North that the local Inuit called Marie "Snow Baby." Growing up partly in Greenland wearing native clothing, Marie and her Inuit playmates explored the frozen tundra, played with sled dog puppies, and kept a baby musk ox as a pet. As a seven-year-old, Marie spent a perilous winter trapped on a ship that had been iced in. Map, time line, bibliography, index.
 

About Katherine Kirkpatrick

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Katherine Kirkpatrick is a widely-praised author of historical fiction for children. She has written several novels including "Escape Across the Wide Sea", which was praised as a "strong historical novel" by "School Library Journal." She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her family.
 
Published February 28, 2007 by Holiday House. 50 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, Children's Books.

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Kirkpatrick casts an unusual sidelight on the exploits of Peary and Henson with this profile of Peary’s daughter Marie, who was born in 1893 in a two-room house in northern Greenland, and spent large portions of her youth north of the Arctic Circle.

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