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Lister presents a tale of the origin of summer and winter based on the opposing kingdoms of Queen Goldenlight who lives in the Land of the Flaming Sun and King Icicle, ruler of the Land of Icy Darkness. Steven Star, Clarence Cloud, Master Moonbeam, and Sunshine Sally among other friends of Queen Goldenlight engage in a battle for the earth against Miss Twister, Harry Hurricane, Danny Drizzle, Maya Monsoon, Philippa Freeza and Mr. Thunderbolt, the compatriots of King Icicle. The evil frigid forces terrorize the earth with storms, snow, lightning and winds, while Queen Goldenlight unleashes a magical fish, rabbit, and bird to spread warmth throughout the earth, giving each "a ray of endless sunshine to help them in their task." The respective animals cut through the ice and weave sunshine throughout the earth "making a beautiful stripy rainbow" that King Icicle is unable to destroy. The rainbow links the kingdoms, forever uniting Queen Goldenlight and King Icicle as summer and winter. Mayo's bright, vibrant, active illustrations make this an enjoyable tale. Lister's use of onomatopoeia and unusual placement of text add to the book's attraction. The tale is enjoyable and entertaining although the language and story appear contrived in places. This book would be well suited for use by elementary students in a study of onomatopoeia, seasons, or porquoi tales. 2002, Barefoot Books,
— Sarah Nelson
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Two monarchs rule their respective kingdoms in the sky. King Icicle and his friends from the Land of Icy Darkness wreak havoc upon the Earth with their love of all things blustery and cold. Queen Goldenlight and her companions from the Land of the Flaming Sun are friends of the Earth and supply it with light and heat. The two realms are joined one day via a rainbow bridge, and in an atmosphere of cooperation and respect, the rulers agree to work in tandem. The King agrees to care for the Earth for six months of the year (occasionally he "forgets himself and sends out too many of his cold spirits"), and then the Queen takes over. Lister has worked to create a tale of sharing and community in this picture-book debut. The text, however, is rather lackluster and uninspired. At times, the author resorts to telling readers, rather blandly, of her characters' emotional states, rather than conveying these important points through dialogue or other descriptive means. Much of the characterization comes through in Mayo's engaging acrylic illustrations. Her depictions of the royals' companions, Maya Monsoon, Harry Hurricane, Serena Sky, etc., are particularly amusing. This visually appealing pourquoi tale may be a suitable choice for larger libraries wishing to round out their season-themed picture-book collections.-Carol L. MacKay, Camrose Public Library, Alberta, Canada Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841483573
  • Publisher: Barefoot Books
  • Publication date: 7/28/2002
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: AD520L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.82 (w) x 11.02 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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