Protecting the Planet: Emperor of the Ice

Illustrator: Catherine Rayner

Binding: Paperback

Imprint: Walker Books

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Book 2 of Protecting the Planet Series

Age 5+

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It’s April in Antarctica and, in places so remote that they can only be seen by satellites, lines of Emperor Penguins appear in search of the perfect ice for raising their chicks. A wise old Empress has returned to the ice at Halley Bay year after year; with the help of her mate, she works to protect her newly-laid egg against the bitter winter. But a changing climate is making the Antarctic Ocean warmer – winds are stronger and storms are fiercer...

With luminous illustrations and an introduction by climate scientist Dr Phil Trathan, this is the true story of how the Emperor penguin colony at Halley Bay was disrupted after the sea ice collapsed, and how it’s necessary to protect the environment so that these extraordinary survivors will continue to be found in the Antarctic for generations to come.

"Nicola Davies is one of the best children's writers in the business." Huffington Post


Nicola Davies is an award-winning author, whose many books for children include the A First Book of... and Tiny series, The Promise, King of the Sky and The Day War Came. In 2017, she became the first ever recipient of the SLA’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Information Books. Visit Nicola at her website:

As well as producing beautiful picture-books, including My Pet Goldfish for Walker and Harris Finds His Feet which won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal, Catherine Rayner exhibits her artwork in galleries all over the world. Follow her on Twitter under the handle @catherinerayner, or visit her at her website:

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