Earth: Feeling the Heat
Brenda Z. Guiberson, , illus. by Chad Wallace. . Henry Holt, $16.99 (32pp) ISBN 978-0-8050-7719-3
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.
Reviewed on: 03/01/2010