This Is the Mountainby 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
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.
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)
- Frances Lincoln Children's Books
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- 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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