Earth: Feeling the Heat

Brenda Z. Guiberson, Author, Chad Wallace, Illustrator
Brenda Z. Guiberson, Author, Chad Wallace, Illustrator , illus. by Chad Wallace. Henry Holt $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-8050-7719-3
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Gently urging, emotionally resonant text describes the impacts of global warming—“Because the Arctic keeps getting warmer... the [polar] bear can't gain the weight she needs to raise a cub”—followed by variations on a plaintive refrain: “Who can help the polar bear?” The sickly palette of Wallace's oil paintings emphasizes a planet in need: wildfire threatens an orangutan; a water hole dries up. In the end, three children plant a tree on a hill: “a caribou, a pika, and even a Bengal tiger cannot stop the warming. Who can? People can!” Ages 4–8. (Mar.)

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