Glaciers Are Melting!, The
Chicken Little may have thought the sky was falling but Peter Pika is sure the glaciers are melting and is off to talk to the Mountain Monarch about it. Joined along the way by friends Tammy Ptarmigan, Sally Squirrel, Mandy Marmot, and Harry Hare, they all wonder what will happen to them if the glaciers melt. Where will they live, how will they survive? When Wiley Wolverine tries to trick them, can the Mountain Monarch save them? More importantly, can the Mountain Monarch stop the glaciers from melting?

Written by Donna Love
Illustrated by Shennen Bersani

32 pg, 8.5, Ages 4-9, Grades PK-4
Lexile: AD 680, AR: 3.6, RC: 3.2, F&P: N
Hardcover 9781607181262 $16.95  
Paperback 9781607181361 $8.95  
Spanish Paperback 9781628554090 $9.95  
EBook 9781607183051 $6.95  
Spanish EBook 9781628551341 $6.95  
Keywords:   climate, physical adaptation, earth systems, human activity, adapted story, Henny Penny, glaciers, cold adaptations, global warming, earth science, life science, water on earth, map
Animals in the book:   pika, white-tail ptarmigian, ground squirrel, marmot, snowshoe hare, wolverine, bighorn sheep
Vetters:   Thanks to Doug Capra, Lead Interpretive Ranger, Exit Glacier, Kenai Fjords National Park for verifying the accuracy of the information in For Creative Minds.

"A neat idea for broaching the subject of environmental protection with the younger crowd, the book hints about the consequences of glacial melting for each animal in a light, chatty tone rather than hammering kids over the head with gloom-and-doom facts. The book serves a great purpose in a largely successful way."
-School Library Journal

"This book doesn't mention global warming, but the animals tell the Earth's story in a potent way. Many animals, such as the pika, the white tailed ptarmigan, the marmot, and the snowshoe hare, depend on the glaciers."
-Book Loons

"Donna Love cleverly uses the Chicken Little story framework to bring to the surface a genuine environmental threat."
-Books For Learning

Author/Illustrator Info:

Donna Love is an award-winning author who lives in Montana, where her husband is a district ranger in the Lolo National Forest. Two of their three children are now in college. Donna's first books include Loons, Diving Birds of the North, and Awesome Ospreys, Fishing Birds of the World. Awesome Ospreys became a Skipping Stones Press Honor Award Winner in 2006, for promoting ecological understanding and cooperation around the world. With a background in art education, Donna substitute teaches at the elementary and high school level. Throughout her years as a substitute and while raising her own children, she found she had a gift for explaining nature to children. With the help of Henry the Impatient Heron and The Glaciers are Melting, she hopes to share that gift with others. Visit her Website.

While Shennen Bersani is an award-winning children’s book illustrator with 2 million copies of her books cherished and read by children, parents, and teachers throughout the world. Her art delivers a unique blend of realism, heartfelt emotion, love of nature, and life lessons for children of all ages. She has illustrated Once Upon an Elephant, Salamander Season; Sea Slime: It’s Eeuwy, Gooey and Under the Sea; The Shape Family Babies; Animal Partners; Shark Baby; Home in the Cave; The Glaciers are Melting!; and Astro: The Steller Sea Lion for Arbordale. In 2015, Shennen made her debut as an author with Achoo! Why Pollen Counts. Shennen lives with her family near Boston. For more information, visit her website at


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