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. Volume XIV Number 9 . . . .December 21, 2007
The changing environment can no longer be ignored; there are no books about the natural world that fail to mention global warming and its consequences. Young children are aware that animals are affected by climate change and human activity, and their picture book stories also reflect that consciousness.
The ice is melting in the North, making the potential extinction of the polar bear in the wild an increasing possibility. Snowy White World to Save educates young children about how the melting of ice floes prevents bears from being able to stalk and kill seals, their main source of food. The text is written as a simple poem, with only two lines per page, following the baby bears as they emerge from the den for the first time and follow their mother on the hunt. The once-frozen sea is now open water, and the bears wind up foraging for food in garbage dumps near human settlements. The bears are driven off in the inevitable clash, a situation which leads to the question:
...which offers young children information about global warming and suggestions on how even they can help reduce their footprint on the planet. Website addresses are listed for further research.
That being said, our children deserve a better world than we have created, and Snowy White World to Save can help to raise their consciousness to demand change and do better for yet the next generation.
Harriet Zaidman is a teacher-librarian in Winnipeg, MB.
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