When Ice’s mother tells her that they’re going to move to an exciting new place, Ice isn’t so sure. She likes her home and her friends, and the fun they have together. The journey takes forever, and their new home is very strange. Everything is different – the weather, the food, the people and the language. Ice tries to make friends, but everyone seems too busy and preoccupied to care.
As a teacher, I see this as a useful tool that can be utilised in the classroom in order to help students empathise with children who have English as an additional language (EAL). I can see the potential for using it in circle time sessions as a stimulus for discussion.
As a picture book enthusiast, I think the illustrations are fun, bright and unique in style. The cover has been designed beautifully, the thick blue outline of the bear against the warm African tones of the jungle create a fantastic juxtaposition.
As a parent, I think my children will enjoy the illustrations, find the characters cute and feel sad for Ice (the polar bear).
Child’s Play Books are publishing some lovely picture books with great writers and illustrators. Check out their website to find more of their titles.
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