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The Glaciers Are Melting!

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Chicken Little may 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 trick them, can the Mountain Monarch save them? More ...
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Chicken Little may 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 trick them, can the Mountain Monarch save them? More importantly, can the Mountain Monarch stop the glaciers from melting?

4-6 pg For Creative Minds educational section in the back 40-60 pg cross-curricular Teaching Activities and 3 Interactive Quizzes available free on the book’s homepage eBooks with Auto-Flip, Auto-Read and selectable English and Spanish text and audio
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PreS-Gr 1—A crew of mountain-dwelling critters are all aflutter about glacial melt. Peter Pika panics when he's hit by a drop of water and goes to seek the wisdom of Mountain Monarch, taking with him Harry Hare, Mandy Marmot, Sally Squirrel, and Tammy Ptarmigan. Along the way, they encounter Wiley Wolverine, who attempts to lure them into his lair. A neat idea for broaching the subject of environmental protection with the younger crowd, the book hints about the consequences of glacial melting for each animal in a light, chatty tone rather than hammering kids over the head with gloom-and-doom facts. The story concludes with Mountain Monarch lamenting the fact that the animals number too few to make a difference, and Peter Pika asks, "Then who?" Turn the page, and the answer to that question awaits readers via several spreads of useful information about glacial melting and environmental protection. The book does suffer a bit from an inconsistent quality in Bersani's illustrations. The detailing of the animals' fur and feathers is respectable, but the creatures themselves are static figures that sometimes appear to have just been dropped into the scenery. That said, the book serves a great purpose in a largely successful way.—Alyson Low, Fayetteville Public Library, AR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607181361
  • Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/30/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,394,164
  • Age range: 4 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: AD680L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Award-winning author Donna Love brings nature to life for children through her books: The Glaciers are Melting!; Henry the Impatient Heron; Loons, Diving Birds of the North; Awesome Ospreys, Fishing Birds of the World; Animals Count in Grand Canyon National Park; and The Totally Out There Guide to Glacier National Park. To see her books, go to www.donnalove.com. Donna lives in Montana, where her husband is a district ranger on the Lolo National Forest. They have three grown children, and one granddaughter.
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  • Posted September 3, 2014

    We picked this book up from K's school library. Really cute book

    We picked this book up from K's school library.
    Really cute book the pictures are fun to look at and it was fun repeating what each animal said to the other animals about the glaciers melting. We laughed when Wiley Wolverine tried to trick all the animals because everyone knows what Wolverines like to eat. It was guessing game as well trying to figure out who the Mountain Monarch was. 
    Now I know most people would think by the title this is going to talk about the global warming. But no this is a story that tells in a way of how the Earth affects those around. Especially the animals in this story that live around the glacier. This is a good book to read to young kids. I think they would enjoy the repetitiveness and the colorful pictures.

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  • Posted May 9, 2011

    introduces children to debate on climate change

    Do you know what a pika is? Following the pattern of the familiar "Chicken Little" story, author Donna Love and illustrator Shennen Bersani combine their talents to tell about Peter Pika who felt a drop of water on his head and concluded that the glaciers are melting. He and four of his friends, Tammy Ptarmigan, Sally Squirrel, Mandy Marmot, and Harry Hare all go to the Mountain Monarch, a bighorn or Dall sheep, to ask him about it, although they are almost waylaid by Wiley Wolverine. Will they survive their encounter with the wolverine? And what can they do about the problem? By the way, you can get the book, look in an encyclopedia, or use the Internet to find out what a pika is.
    Children will enjoy reading or hearing about these different animals that live in alpine and arctic climates where glaciers are found. There are six pages of learning activities, including further information regarding glaciers, true and false questions on glaciers around the world, matching activities concerning the animals and their adaptations, and some suggestions for what we can do to help slow down climate change. More free activities may be found online at the Sylvan Dell website. The author states, "Scientists know that most glaciers are melting. They think the melting is from a natural climate change speeded up by what humans do." Anyone familiar with the news knows that what scientists think on this subject is the source of huge debate, but any book which introduces the subject to children and draws them into the debate is welcome.

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  • Posted April 19, 2011

    Beautiful Book

    Great story, stunning pictures, excellent learning opportunities

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  • Posted April 17, 2011

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    Excellent way for young students to learn about global warming

    Peter Pika was nestled under a boulder on the top of a mountain when all of a sudden a huge droplet of water slid down from the glacier above and plopped onto his head. Peter was stunned and thought to himself, "The glaciers are melting . the glaciers are melting?" He began to wonder what would happen to him and where he could possibly live if his habitat disappeared. There was nothing left to do but go and seek out the wise old Mountain Monarch and ask for advice. On his way he chanced to meet Tammy Ptarmigan as she perched on an outcropped rock. He repeated his story to her and Tammy too became startled and wondered if she would "still turn white in winter." It was cause for alarm and they both set off in search of the Mountain Monarch. Sally Squirrel spotted them on their journey and asked where they were headed. Tammy Ptarmigan chirped, "The glaciers are melting!" There was a little snow surrounding the troupe, but even Sally wondered where she would sleep during the winter and decided that she too would go in search of the Mountain Monarch. The Mountain Monarch was a bighorn sheep who could survey the land from his high vantage point on the mountain top. As they continued on their journey exclaiming about the melting of the glaciers, they encountered Mandy Marmot, Harry Hare, and Wiley Wolverine, all of whom were fearful of what might happen if the glaciers melted. Just what would happen if their habitat disappeared? Would the Mountain Monarch have an answer for them or was it too late? This is an excellent way for the young student to learn about how the melting of the glaciers will potentially destroy the habitat of many species. The animals portrayed in this book, the ground squirrel, marmot, pika, snowshoe hare, white-tailed ptarmigan, wolverine, and the Dall sheep could potentially disappear from Alpine areas if global warming continues. The artwork was stunning and very detailed, thus enabling the young student to get close up views of the animals. This book, on many levels, could lead to a school report on an assortment of topics. The story, told in the manner of The Sky is Falling, does have a ring of truth to it, unlike the fictional fairy tale. In the back of the book is an expansive six page spread of learning activities that can be utilized in the homeschool or classroom setting. Additional cross-curricular activities for parents and teachers can be found on the publisher's website. Quill says: This charming, but alarming tale of alpine animals who may lose their habitat as the glaciers begin to melt is an excellent way for the young student to learn about global warming and its effect on Earth's wildlife.

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