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In 1991, mountain climbers on the Niederjoch Glacier on the Italian-Austrian border came across something unexpected: a body. It had been a very warm summer, and five bodies had already turned up in the area. But something here was different. The materials found with the body suggested it might be very old, perhaps from the 1800s. But radiocarbon dating proved the iceman wIn 1991, mountain climbers on the Niederjoch Glacier on the Italian-Austrian border came across something unexpected: a body. It had been a very warm summer, and five bodies had already turned up in the area. But something here was different. The materials found with the body suggested it might be very old, perhaps from the 1800s. But radiocarbon dating proved the iceman was 5,300 years older, from the Copper Age. He was named Ötzi and he is the oldest human mummy preserved in ice ever found. In this Sibert Honor Book, James M. Deem takes us on a captivating and creepy journey to learn about glaciers, hulking masses of moving ice that are now offering up many secrets of the past....

Title : Bodies from the Ice: Melting Glaciers and the Recovery of the Past
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ISBN : 9780618800452
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Number of Pages : 58 Pages
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Bodies from the Ice: Melting Glaciers and the Recovery of the Past Reviews

  • Madison
    2019-01-16 19:51

    This informational text was a WOW book for me because I did not want to put it down. I thought it was extremely interesting and informative. I was not as excited to read an informational text for this genre, but was pleasantly surprised by the excitement and detail of this book. "Bodies from the Ice: Melting Glaciers and the Recovery of the Past" is an informational book about frozen bodies found on mountains and in glaciers that hold secrets and give information about the past. Many of the bodies found were children that were sacrificed. I thought this section was extremely sad, but it was interesting to learn about this custom of the ancient times. This book was a WOW book for me because I could not stop reading, and found myself learning so much that I did not know. I think this could be a useful tool in teaching, and I would use this book in a fifth or sixth grade classroom. I would teach students about ancient history and peoples, and use this book as documentation and supplemental reading for my class. The pictures in this informational book are also useful, and a great teaching tool when discussing ancient times and people.

  • Mason Delgado
    2019-01-14 18:33

    In the Non-Fiction book Bodies from the Ice by James M. Deem, to me the book was really good and I would give it a five out of five rating. In this book there were seven chapters and in each chapter there were different main characters and all of them either died by falling through glaciers or they were someone who looked for peoples bodies from years and years ago. The main conflict was people falling through the glaciers. In all seven chapters there were different settings in one chapter the setting is Northern Italy in another chapter is in the Andes. The main plot line was people finding dead bodies from a long long time ago. " Unfortunately, before the men and their twelve mountain guides were caught in an avalanche." These people died from a avalanche years and years later people found their bodies. I recommend this book to kids the ages eleven and up and even adults i think this because it shows a lot of pictures about dead people and its very graphic.

  • Mrs.Charles
    2018-12-29 16:44

    Bibliography:Deem, James M. Bodies from the Ice: Melting Glaciers and the Recovery of the past. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2008. Print. ISBN 9780618800452. (58 pages).Summary:"Bodies from the Ice: Melting Glaciers and the Recovery of the Past by James Deem is an informational text with a combination of science and adventure. Deem presents seven chapters of page turning bodies found in melting glaciers. The riveting stories are fascinating and the photos breathtaking. The some stories include finding Otzi, the oldest man, to the famous Mount Everest climber George Mallory. This is a captivating informational text that can be read in one sitting or kept on the coffee-table to peruse at your leisure. Reading how scientists work with the bodies reminds me of a story on CSI meets Indiana Jones because of the adventure present.Critical Analysis:Deems book Bodies from the Ice contain accurate information. He credits several professional people that helped him on his “long and thoughtful expedition to uncover the truth about glaciers” (2008). Deems is a popular author known for creating several popular nonfiction books. He organizes his book by describing different areas with glaciers and bodies located in them. The design of the book is also very inviting. If a student picks up the text, they would be intrigued by the graphic illustrations and want to read about them. Deems book makes excellent use of photos and other colorful images. Each chapter includes an excerpt of when the bodies were found. This information allows the book seem like a work of literature and not just a book of facts. My favorite part of the book was chapter 6 – Another Man from a Glacier. It describes a “males headless abdomen with a missing right arm and a separate lower body with a missing right leg. Goosebumps still covered the skin” (Deem, 2008). I read this part a second time and shuddered as I imagined finding this corpse as I traveled up a mountain. I also liked how the end of the book includes helpful information such as glaciers to visit and suggested websites. I would imagine that most boys would be more interested in reading about dead, mummified bodies but I think all students would find the book stimulating.Similar Books by James M. DeemDeem, James M. Bodies from the Ash. New York: Scholastic, 2010. Print.Deem, James M. Bodies from the Bog. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1998. Print.

  • Q_Jill Burke
    2019-01-18 15:44

    This book is fascinating. It is about how bodies and artifacts are beginning to appear as glaciers begin to recede. Even though the discoveries have been remarkable, scientists worry that the shrinking my be caused by global warming and as a result cause greater problems. The shrinking could also be the natural ice age cycle but we will only be able to tell when the cycle begins again in the future.I was amazed by the frozen children of the Andes. They were selected to be sacrificed for the Gods by the Inca. The children were either drugged, strangled or given a blow to the head before being entombed and left to freeze to death. Because of the cold temperature, they were well preserved and looked as if they were just sleeping. It is beleived that more frozen Inca mummies will be found as the ice continues to recede.This is a great book for boys. It would be a good book for an older student who is reluctant to read. It has a "gross" factor to it that boys like. I could see a group of boys huddling around this book discussing the pictures. It also has ways to help the environment in the back. A good activity for children would be to challenge them to try to one of the suggestions and then write about their experience. If they could not do the challenge, they could write about their difficulties in completing it.

  • Becky
    2018-12-19 13:35

    3 3/4 stars.Warming global temperatures have dramatically increased the melting of glaciers worldwide. Among the consequences, the melting results in the discovery of bodies long buried in ice…some of which have been covered for centuries. Some bodies have actually been mummified and provide great insights into early cultures. This book is the third in a “series” of books written by this author. "Bodies from the Ash" and "Bodies from the Bog" are the others.Overall the design of the book is quite good with a nice blend of text and visuals. Photos are clear; historic matter well-chosen. And the book is interesting. Each body uncovered tells a different story. Ice mummies meet archaeology&history meet glaciology, with a bit about the perils of mountain climbing and a nod to environmental issues. Each chapter works pretty well on its own, but I felt that overall the book could have used a sharper focus. The title’s emphasis on ice mummies seems a bit of a sensational hook to get kids to read a book that is about much more. Other quibbles: Could have used a pronunciation guide. Occasionally annoyed by text that runs to the next page—beyond the associated visual matter, causing the reader to occasionally flip pages back and forth.2009 Sibert honor book

  • Darius
    2018-12-19 20:31

    I found this book interesting because tells about the people who have died in the ice mountains all around the globe. This book tells how children were sacrificed in the Inca mountains, to people fighting in war, probably in the stone age in the ice mountains of Italy and Austria. This book tells many acounts of people dieing in the ice. One of my favourite chapters were when the ice man of the alps Otzi was discovered. The scene took place when a couple, Erika and Helmut Simom climbed the Finail, after the summit they were eager to go home when they noticed something unexpected. Helmut thought it was trash, until they realized it was a dead body of a man named Otzi who was in that ice for almost 3,500 years ago. Scientists say that he died in a battle. The Simons sold many copies, but unfortunatley Helmut died after a fall while hiking on a mountain south of Salzburg, Austria. I would rate this book 4 star because it tells many acounts of people dieing, and talks about their history and past life. I suggest this book is for anyone who prefers to read the acounts of mountaineers who died.

  • Celia
    2019-01-15 14:51

    Bodies from the Ice is a very interesting book which recounts the life of many mountaineers who failed to attempt to climb glaciers. Scientists or even hikers have been falling upon these strange, well preserved people which could have dated some 3,500 years ago!! This book explains how scientists have analyzed the bodies found and could presume the age, gender and approximate date of death of the propel found. In the book it shows you some pictures of possibilities which could have led to the mountaineers death. Most of the time they fell into crevasses. I think people might find this book very disgusting but. It is very interesting and informative. It doesn't only tell you about what happens to the bodies found but also about the melting glaciers and how to save the environment to reduce global warming of the planet and to stop glaciers from melting. I really like this book because it gives you a lot of information about the past and how to save the environment. This book is a very good piece of writing and I recommend it to anyone who likes recovering a bit about the past and learning about it.

  • Nick
    2018-12-21 15:50

    This is a book on the science of bodies preserved by freezing. Most such books concentrate on a specific case, but because this one is an overview of the general subject, it covers the "Ice Man" of Italy, mummies in South America, 20th century mountain climbers, and even a case from the Pacific Northwest that has interesting ramifications. These included both his relationship to modern First Nations folks, based on his DNA, and his tools, which included pieces of iron, but pre-dating known contact with European cultures. The least headache-inducing solution is that the iron was obtained from a Chinese shipwreck...The other cases, ranging from climbing accidents to murder to human sacrifice, are serious but only slightly gruesome. There are images of mummified bodies, so if you are especially squeamish, be warned.For older kids, teens and even adults, this is an interesting book for those interested in how and why freezing preserves a body, and also a good starting point for any of the directions you can go in learning about the examples given in the book.

  • Erin Forson
    2019-01-09 21:29

    Bodies From the Iceby James M. DeemImagine you and your best friend hiking up the side of the snowy mountain. “Hey!” your best friend says, “I think I see something over there!” You look and see that yes, he is correct. There is something pink sticking up from the ice. What is that? You wonder. Imagine your horror as you come closer and see a finger poking up through the snow,'s a hand, now a whole try not to retch in disgust. That is how I felt reading this book, but I was also riveted to the details! You see, the whole book is about the thousands (yes thousands) of bodies that turn up on mountains where glaciers are melting. Some of those bodies are 5,000+ years old. Imagine finding something like that from history! With fantastic full-color photographs and mesmerizing facts, this book was one I couldn't put down. I read it all in one sitting 53 pages of it. I wouldn't be surprised to see this book win tons of awards. A must read!

  • Ms. Patterson
    2018-12-20 16:37

    I was totally fascinated with BODIES FROM THE ICE, where we learn about some of the human remains that have been discovered with the melting of glaciers around the world. This book covers Otzi, the mummy from the Copper Age discovered in the Alps, the Incan mummy children found in the Andes, the remains of George Mallery found on Mt. Everest, and the body of a Native American discovered in a glacier in British Columbia. The underlying story of the melting glaciers around the world was brought to my attention many times throughout the book, but I wasn't bombarded with the issue. I didn't feel I was being preached at but instead informed. The illustrations/photographs enhance the information and I think many readers will be lured to this book because of them. Love it when I can find a book that intrigues me, informs me, and then entertains me! I give it an 'A.'

  • April Helms
    2019-01-17 16:27

    Good for older grade schoolers and middle schoolers, especially those interested in history and forensics. Boys will probably like it for the "ick" factor: there are a lot of pictures of mummies in this graphics-heavy book. Two of the more fascinating stories included the finding of Otzi, a 5000+ year old mummy found in the Alps, completely by chance. The other was kind of sad, haunting. In the Andes, where there were ancient Incan settlements, they found children sacrifices preserved in caves. It's amazing what can be deduced from even the most mundane things with today's technology, such as using flower pollen samples to pinpoint the time of year the person may have died (sometimes even the month). NOT a book to read at the breakfast table, but a really neat look at another aspect of mummification many may not know about.

  • Karen
    2018-12-30 14:42

    I'm on a roll here with books about the cold.In 1991 a couple mountain climbing in Italy came across what they thought was trash left behind by other travellers. Instead, the bundle turned out to be the body of a 5300 year old man. As the glaciers receed scientists are coming across many remains hidden in the ice for many years. The finds range from climbers in the Himalyas to mummies found in the Andes. The finds are giving us a deeper understanding of how our ancestors lived. But at what price? As the glaciers receed there are many effects on the climate and environment. There are lots of great pictures (including some gruesome ones of the mummies, information about glaciers and global warming, and an index. Award winning author Deem (Bodies from the Bog) provides another interesting read.

  • Melissa Mcavoy
    2019-01-14 15:33

    Age Range: Grades 5-8Retreating glaciers reveal preserved remains: bodies lost in ice. Deem focuses on three continents where retreating glaciers have uncovered a 5,000 year old murder victim, Inca children sacrificed 500 years ago, a body that helps to answer the question did Mallory reach the summit of Everest 30 years before Hillary and Norgay, and a North American mummy with DNA links to contemporary First Nations people. Climate change and the cycle of ice-ages is discussed.Handsome design, fantastic photographs and historic materials contribute to an intriguing look at the intersection of forensics, anthropology and climate science.Contents, conservation tips, glaciers to visit, suggested websites, acknowledgements and bibliography, illustration credits and an index complete the volume.Author’s website:

  • Alex H
    2019-01-10 16:34

    The book Bodies from the Ice by James M. Deem is an informational hardcover published in 2008. The book is a collection of stories of different climbers bodies found in the mountains. Some of the stories take place in the alps, others in the Andes, and yet more on glaciers in France. In the first story, the scientists find a body in the mountains in almost perfect condition from 5000 years ago. They use different methods of observation to identify how he died, what he ate, and how he was preserved so well. I recommend this book to people with strong stomachs because of some graphic images, and anyone that is interested in the process of uncovering bodies and discovering things about their lives.

  • Ch_amyM
    2018-12-20 19:30

    In Bodies from the Ice, James M. Deen explores how scientists are discovering information about past life on earth using skeletons and remains found near the surfaces of receding glaciers. One finding revealed the remains of a man who scientists believe lived over 5,300 years ago. This book covers various discoveries around the world and the information/answers these discoveries provided. Photographs, maps, and drawings help clarify information for the reader.This is an extremely interesting book, which was a Robert E. Sibert Award Honor Book. Students will be hooked by the pictures of various glacial findings and want to read more. I would recommend this book for intermediate grades and up.

  • Kate MacMillan
    2018-12-29 17:37

    In 1991, mountain climbers on the Niederjoch Glacier on the Italian-Austrian border came across something unexpected: a body. It had been a very warm summer, and five bodies had already turned up in the area. But something here was different. The materials found with the body suggested it might be very old, perhaps from the 1800s. But radiocarbon dating proved the iceman was 5,300 years older, from the Copper Age. He was named Ötzi and he is the oldest human mummy preserved in ice ever found.James M. Deem takes us on a captivating and creepy journey to learn about glaciers, hulking masses of moving ice that are now offering up many secrets of the past. IL 5-8 Lexile level 1180

  • Katherine
    2019-01-02 18:31

    Reviews human remains that have been preserved by glaciers around the world. Teaches children about glaciers, history of recent mountain expeditions, and ancient civilizations. Doesn't delve into the ethics of preserving and studying ancient remains, nor does it vilify/praise the choice to cremate the body of Kwäday Dän Ts'ìnchi.Chapter titles could be more descriptive. Includes suggestions for helping the environment (save the glaciers!), a list of glaciers children can visit, websites they can go to to learn more about glaciers and specific remains, as well as bibliography and index.Readers' Advisory: Pictures of mummified human remains

  • Sam Bloom
    2019-01-02 15:50

    Well, I had to stop reading this during my lunches. The photos were just too much for me to handle as I ate my leftovers and/or sandwich each day - something about a mummified body just doesn't sit well with a granola bar, you know? Anyway, once I started separating this book from food, I really enjoyed it. The last chapter was very well-done; by the end of the book, the amazing photographs and stories of the bodies and how they were discovered will have totally hooked pretty much any kid. Then, Deem talks about the glaciers themselves and why they've been melting, and ways to help fight global warming. Good stuff.

  • Erika
    2019-01-15 15:28

    Just randomly picked this up, wanting to read a short non-fiction. As glaciers melt (so rapidly in the past 50 years) bodies as old as 5,000 years old have been discovered. From Incan children sacrificed to volcanoes to failed attempts at Everest, bodies are everywhere! Most shocking part of the book--billions of people rely on glacial melting (slow and steady) to give them all of their fresh drinking water...when the alpine glaciers on mountains are gone in the NEXT 50 years (on every continent except Australia) they will have none!

  • Abby Johnson
    2018-12-21 19:35

    Two tourists were hiking in the mountains between Austria and Italy when they saw something they thought was trash. It turned out to be a human body, preserved in the ice for over 5,000 years. As the world's glaciers continue to melt, more and more discoveries are being made. Artifacts and human remains that were lost long ago are coming back to the surface.An interesting book for those interested in ancient history and exploration. Gruesome photos and the promise of dead bodies up the kid appeal. The book also includes scientific information about glaciers and the environment.

  • Wendy
    2018-12-27 19:41

    I read this with a kid's relish, and especially liked how it draws the reader in right away with the drama of Utzi's discovery. If you were a disappointed kid when you finally got to see what an unwrapped mummy looked like, this is the book for you (now that's what I call preservation). (Don't read if you are squeamish.) I do wish Deem had gone more into the ethics of all this, especially in the section about Incan child sacrifices. Also, the tips at the end for "what you can do to preserve the glaciers" seemed slapdash and/or really aimed at adults.

  • Kelly
    2018-12-25 15:49

    I wasn't turned off by the focus on the environment in the end because it relates to possibly discovering more bodies as the glaciers melt away. I think this book will appeal to boys in a major way. As a mother I was heartbroken at the part where it talked about the children that were frozen alive as a sacrifice - frozen to death with their little toy llamas. I was fascinated by this book and I think that many of the students will be too.

  • Roxanne Hsu Feldman
    2018-12-31 13:41

    The information (on Glacier melting, various cultural histories, the actual cases and bodies found in the past decades, etc.) is fascinating and Deem presents all in a non-overwhelming and clear way. A solid nonfiction for any kid who is not going to be deterred by some of the photographs of many bodies in various preserved conditions: from bleached bones, almost complete skeletons to sacrificial Inca children preserved in their entirety.

  • Amy
    2018-12-20 13:55

    This fascinating book talks about the scientific facts behind glacial movement and how it can bring forth artifacts that had been previously been buried for years. It shares the stories and facts about "famous" bodies that have been discovered worldwide on glaciers (including photos). It was incredible to learn what information scientists were able to piece together about the people’s lives using the bodies and the artifacts found with them. Best for older elementary readers.

  • Laura Cushing
    2018-12-19 21:43

    Loved Faces from the Past from this author, so wanted to check out this book as well. Faces from the Past is a YA/Adult book, this one is more childrens/YA. Still enough factual material and fascinating pictures to make an interesting quick read for an adult.The subject of ice bodies and the various types that can be found, what causes them to be preserved, and what role global warming plays in revealing them to modern humans is all covered here. Nice book!

  • Kendra
    2018-12-30 18:48

    I started this book to take a break from all the fiction that I'm currently reading. 40 minutes later, I closed the cover on the book, reading from start to finish in one sitting. Fascinating account of the mummies and other human remains discovered as glaciers melt in areas all over the world. This book contains a wide variety of photographs, lithographs, maps and artwork to compliment the text.

  • Marisa
    2019-01-07 19:46

    This book had some pictures in it and was very informational. This book by James M. Deem is slightly boring in my opinion and I did not like it as much as my Previous book that I read The Duff and that book was much different then Bodies From The Ice. I gave this book one star only because it was not as interesting as I had hoped. I had thought that it would be more interesting than that. This book was slow and not very upbeat.

  • Mr. Hutchinson
    2019-01-05 17:39

    An interesting book after we talked about Otzi the iceman in social studies class. I would have liked to have the book talk more about Otzi, but the main idea was recovering bodies from the ice, not just Otzi.I did learn that the first people to try and recover Otzi did a careless job and actually damaged him with a mini jackhammer.

  • Hannah
    2018-12-27 17:53

    CREEPY NERD ALERT: I have always loved reading about archeology, especially when mummified bodies are involved. This book definitely succeeded in filling my tank for a while. While I have heard about the Iceman of the Alps before, I enjoyed learning more about Peruvian mummies. A fascinating read.

  • Amanda Northrup
    2019-01-06 21:49

    This well-written, well-researched book uses the fascinating hook of mummified bodies found in mountain ice as a vehicle for exploring climate change's effect on melting glaciers. It's a clever tactic and James Deem pulls it off flawlessly. I learned about mummified bodies AND glacial geology. Well done.