School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 1-2-Each of these easy readers provides an overview of a different body of water. The books include basic information such as location and size of the water mass, how the area was formed (with the exception of the Gulf of Mexico), what wildlife lives in or near the water, common recreational activities, and what makes the water mass unique. Abundant full-color photos, generous white space, and a large font size add to the appeal of these beginning nonfiction titles.-Deanna Romriell, Salt Lake City Library, UT BURLEIGH, Robert. Tiger of the Snows: Tenzing Norgay: The Boy Whose Dream Was Everest. illus. by Ed Young. unpaged. CIP. S & S/Atheneum. June 2006. RTE $16.95. ISBN 0-689-83042-4. LC 2005000469. Gr 3-6-A moving tribute to a humble man who realized a remarkable dream. The poetic prose tells the story of a Nepalese Sherpa boy who tended yaks on steep slopes, but who was always looking up and dreaming about the "snow-dotted black-rock peak" of Mount Everest (Mountain,/Mountain,/Why do you call me?"). Norgay traveled to Katmandu, where he "Unlocked the secrets of the climber's rope,/Studied the lore of the axe,/And apprenticed himself to death and danger." The poem's climax details the events of May 29, 1953, when he and Edmund Hillary made their final ascent. Throughout, the author repeats the refrain, "A song for Tenzing,/Tenzing Norgay," followed by one of the man's attributes ("Born to heights," "Pathfinder," "Quick-footed," etc.), elucidating his life and experiences. Young's hauntingly beautiful illustrations capture the mystery and grandeur of these dangerously high peaks with somber-hued pastels, predominantly blues and purples, set against black backgrounds. While most of the paintings are panoramic, with Norgay shown as a tiny figure, the final spread is a striking close-up portrait of him at mountain top, dazzled by the sun and beaming with pride. A stunning and lyrical ode to a contemplative man and his amazing achievement.-Be Astengo, Alachua County Library, Gainesville, FL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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