Friday, July 15, 2011

Book Review: The Glaciers are Melting

The Glaciers are Melting
By: Donna Love   
Illustrated by: Shennen Bersani
Published by:  Sylvan Dell Publishing 
Date:  2011
ISBN:  978-1607181361
Price:  $8.95, paperback
            $16.95, hardcover
Ages:  4-9                     
Rating:  4.5 stars (1-5)
Reviewed by: Kris Quinn Christopherson

Synopsis: Chicken Little might have thought the sky was falling but Peter Pika is sure the glaciers are melting and is off to talk to the Mountain Monarch about it.  Joined along the way by friends Tammy Ptarmigan, Sally Squirrel, Mandy Marmot, and Harry Hare, they all wonder what will happen to them if the glaciers melt.  Where will they live, how will they survive?  When Wiley Wolverine tries to the trick them, can the Mountain Monarch save them?  More importantly, can the Mountain Monarch stop the glaciers from melting?  

Overall thoughts: What fun to follow these five, fine friends on their adventure!  Lovely descriptions and repetitions connect the reader to the hunt for the Mountain Monarch right along with the characters.  An educational read that is appealing for the youngest readers, but the ending is a slight cliff-hanger, meant to provoke personal thought and research into glaciers I would imagine.  The activities included in the book are helpful to further explore and explain about glaciers and their history and future. 


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