ICE IN THE JUNGLE by Ariane Hofmann-Maniyar


Age Range: 4 - 8
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A tiny polar bear must learn how to cope after moving.

Ice loves her tundra friends, snowy hills, and polar treats. But her mom gets a new job far away, and suddenly Ice must leave everything that she knows. In her new home, vegetation grows thick and green, animals eat strange yellow fruit with a peel, and it is hot. Very, very hot. Ice feels isolated and alone. She can’t even understand what her classmates are saying! Ice tries to make friends, but everyone seems standoffish—until Ice realizes they are busy creating a surprise to make her feel welcome. This chunky little bear (who looks precisely like a chiseled block of ice) slowly finds her way through the anxieties of moving to a new place. One of the most endearing sentiments important for parents to remember: “Only her mother’s hug felt the same as always.” Hofmann-Maniyar, in her picture-book debut, explores a difficult transition that many children face, using a metaphor that rings true. A child experiencing any type of move, whether across the world or across the town, certainly can feel like a polar bear being plopped smack in the middle of a jungle!

Comforting to the littlest of ones who find themselves in a change of surroundings. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 15th, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-84643-731-1
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Child's Play
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2015


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