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Posted May 9, 2011
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.
Posted April 19, 2011
Posted April 17, 2011
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.