Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Maya and Filippo Visit a Glacier by Alinka Rutkowska

Genre: Children's Picture Book
Source:  I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

On this trip aboard their parent’s cruise ship The Fun Princess, Maya and Filippo visit Juno, Alaska.  Their tour guide takes them to see a glacier and tells them that a glacier is a river of ice.   Filippo was concerned when he learned that the ice was melting due to climate change.  The guide told him it would create new places for fish and animals to live.
Next the guide talks to the about bears.  They get to see a mama bear and her cubs and learn that they hibernate in the winter and then in the spring they wake up.  There is plenty of salmon for them to eat.
The kids learn about a plant called fireweed.  In the spring flowers bloom at the bottom of the stem and work their way up.  When they turn white like cotton then winter is almost here. 
They get the opportunity to refresh their feet in the cold water at the base of a waterfall.  They eat lunch that Maya wins when she opens the door and is declared their 1000th winner.  They really enjoy their tour.
What I enjoy about this book is the amount of information in the story itself.  I also enjoy the extra material the author includes at the end of each book to give you additional information.  This is a simple and fun way to learn about new places

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