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Meet Flo, a glacier, as she shows you what the life of a glacier is like in this picture book filled with fun facts, from what glaciers are and how they're formed to what creatures live there, and...
Meet Flo, a glacier, as she shows you what the life of a glacier is like in this picture book filled with fun facts, from what glaciers are and how they're formed to what creatures live there, and...
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  • Meet Flo, a glacier, as she shows you what the life of a glacier is like in this picture book filled with fun facts, from what glaciers are and how they're formed to what creatures live there, and more.

    Glaciers exist on every continent on earth, growing, spreading, and shrinking over thousands of years. But what are they, and how are they formed? Glacier on the Move tells the story of a glacier named Flo and her slow-motion race to the sea, from the edge of an ice field and down steep cliffs, to muscling her way around mountains, and stretching into a valley. With the help of some iceworms in the margins, Flo reveals how glaciers move, change shape, and provide for the surrounding world and animals. Blending fascinating science facts with dynamic illustrations, Glacier on the Move introduces young readers to glacial history and science in a captivating and unique way.

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  • Elizabeth Rusch is an author, editor, teacher, and speaker, and has published several award-winning books for children and adults. She channels her passion for science, history, art, and nature through her stories and hopes to share those interests with her readers. Elizabeth lives in Portland, Oregon.

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  • Kirkus

    July 1, 2019
    Flo, a talking glacier, narrates its journey to the ocean in this picture book. Flo, whose voice is sociable and chirpy, is the perfect vehicle to inform readers about the hows and whys of glacial formation and movement in an accessible, often amusing way. The book's ingenuity doesn't stop there. Inhabiting the margins of the pages, as it would inhabit the interior of a glacier, the flat black silhouette of a knowledgeable ice worm gives succinct, clear facts about glaciers: "As snow piles on a glacier, the weight presses air out, compacting the snow into dense ice." The ice worm's facts are printed in a much smaller font than Flo's narration and seem designed for adults to interpret to young readers. The ice worm's facts are just enough to intrigue but not overwhelm readers, just as anthropomorphizing Flo connects readers empathetically. Illustrator Brereton's flat, stylized illustrations--some approaching abstract design--may not reinforce this connection, but what they do achieve is to give an impression of hardness and solidity (as befits a glacier); warm and cool colors are used to advantage to create the effect of changing seasons. Backmatter offers additional facts about glaciers, discusses climate change (a little proselytizing here about how readers can help), and, finally, since readers will be itching to know, explains what's the deal with ice worms (yes, they are real). Thoroughly engaging and filled with intriguing facts. (further reading) (Picture book. 3-6)

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  • School Library Journal

    July 26, 2019

    K-Gr 3-Travel with a glacier named Flo as it moves through different seasons and landscapes. We see what Flo does for the landscape and the things it leaves behind. We also get commentary and additional facts on glaciers from the ice worm, a delightful character along the edges of the page; ice worms can actually be found among glaciers. The end of the book includes information about climate change and information about real glaciers of the world, as well as a reference list and some more facts about ice worms. The language of the main story is simple, although the interjections of the ice worm are a little more complicated and use more scientific verbiage. The illustrations are absolutely charming; they project movement well and are surprisingly colorful for a subject that is mostly ice. Readers also see cute images of seals, birds, moose, bears, and deer. VERDICT An adorable addition to any library's picture book or science/STEM collection.-Kristin Joy Anderson, Lewis University, Romeoville, IL

    Copyright 2019 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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