FIRE STORM by Jean Craighead George

FIRE STORM

Age Range: 6 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

A rafting expedition down the Middle Fork of Idaho’s Salmon River turns suddenly deadly for the outdoorsy lad introduced in Cliff Hanger (2002). The threat of fire seems remote to Axel and his Aunt Charlotte and Uncle Paul, until lightning strikes the dry timber on the heights above, and triggers a roaring fire storm. The rafters find refuge in a burned-over campsite until the storm passes, after which Axel’s aunt lectures him on how fires help forests regenerate. As in the previous adventure, Minor’s graceful depictions of wilderness and wildlife contrast sharply with the clumsily rendered human figures, and George’s dialogue often sounds stilted: “ ‘Wait,’ warned Uncle Paul. ‘It’s better to sit still in the known than plunge into the unknown. A solution will present itself.’ ” Despite the danger, and Axel’s keenly felt pleasure at being immersed in the natural world, this is unlikely to draw young readers away from their armchairs. (Picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-06-000263-8
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: HarperCollins
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2003




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