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This Is the Mountain
     

This Is the Mountain

by Miriam Moss, Adrienne Kennaway (Illustrator)
 

A celebration of Mt Kilimanjaro in East Africa and the significance it has on the wildlife that lives within its shadow, on its slopes and high on its peak. Written in beautifully crafted poetic prose, this is the perfect introduction to a rich and varied mountain wilderness.Moss's expertly crafted text builds a wonderfully accurate portrayal of life on the African

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A celebration of Mt Kilimanjaro in East Africa and the significance it has on the wildlife that lives within its shadow, on its slopes and high on its peak. Written in beautifully crafted poetic prose, this is the perfect introduction to a rich and varied mountain wilderness.Moss's expertly crafted text builds a wonderfully accurate portrayal of life on the African mountain. Kennaway's illustrations brilliantly depict the wildlife that depends on the mountain for food and shelter. A visual extravaganza brought to you by the author/illustrator team who produced This is the Tree, This is the Oasis and This is the Reef. An information spread at the end of the book provides more detailed background and the book has been checked by a natural history expert.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—In this companion volume to This Is the Reef (2007) and This Is the Oasis (2005, both Frances Lincoln), Moss and Kennaway provide a lovely look at Mt. Kilimanjaro from the grasslands at its base to the snowfields at its summit. The brief text describes the variety of ecosystems along the way. The physical reasons for this layer-cake of habitats are, unfortunately, never addressed. And while the attractive, softly impressionistic watercolors keep time with the limited, sometimes affected text, there is no complete key to their contents. "On giant heather ridges" there is nary a heather in sight. Adults may not know the meaning of "kangas" or "shambas," recognize a "turaco," differentiate between a "bushbuck" and an "eland," or be aware that the Masai are famous for their cattle, not their goats. A final two pages on some of the biomes are equally limited. They do give some pointers as to the wildlife, but the reason for the ecological differentiation is left to the imagination. For example, why do "the lower slopes enjoy an average of 2000 mm of rain each year" but the summit and crater "only have snow, little more than 125 mm a year"? Why, indeed.—Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews

The great mountain supports a complex system of flora and fauna.

Under an African sky, the breathtaking mountain sits and sleeps, crowned in ice. On grasslands spread out at the foot of the mountain, vast herds of wildlife, from elephants to zebras to baboons, graze. It's also where "the Masai make their homesteads." In the foothills, Chagga women tend "their shambas, / of bananas and yams." Higher up the mountain there are forests, with troops of "catapaulting colobus" and, even higher, a waterfall and small streams where the "shy Suni antelope" and bush pigs and elands dwell. Continuing up to mists and moorland, wild dogs and buffalo and ravens mingle. Even higher is an alpine desert with stones and expanses of grey scree, with mole rats, leopard and striped mice. And at the very top is a "strange lunar landscape,... an alien ice world" of glaciers andpowerful winds that sculpt the ice. "Clouded in mystery, / created in fire. / This is Mount Kilimanjaro." Moss' free verse is powerful and lyrical. Kennaway's watercolors echo the elegance of the writing, though the images seem targeted to a younger audience; not an ideal match for the sophistication of the text or the subject. The last two pages offer a more extensive andprosaic explanation of the climactic and topographic nature of the mountain.

Overall: lovely. (Picture book. 6-9)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845079840
Publisher:
Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Publication date:
06/01/2011
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Miriam Moss was born in Aldershot, in Hampshire, and has lived in the Middle East, Africa and China. This is the Tree was shortlisted for the Bisto Award in 2000. She is the author of 75 books, translated into 21 languages. She lives in Lewes, East Sussex.Adrienne Kennaway studied at Ealing Art School and the Accademia de Belle Arte in Rome. A great lover of all forms of nature, she won the 1987 Kate Greenaway Medal for Crafty Chameleon. She lives in County Kerry, Ireland.

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