Big Move, Big Change, Big Surprise


Mama has a new job and she and Ice are moving. Ice is sad, she doesn't want to move. The trip is long and this new place doesn't look anything like what she's used to. When she goes to school, Ice doesn't understand what the other animals are saying. When they offer her a banana, she tastes it and spits it out. She is sad. This is hard. The next day, Ice goes to school hopeful she can make a friend. But when she gets there, everyone is busy and doesn't seem to have time for her.  Things aren't looking up ... or are they? 

Parent Perspective:
What a super-sweet story. Ice wears her feelings on her fur, as can be seen in her expressions in the illustrations. What I love most is that readers can relate to Ice and at the same time be like the classmates, who are trying to make her feel welcome. I can totally see young children sitting with this book on their own to be with Ice. It is easy to 'read' the story with just pictures. This is on my must-read list for kids getting ready to move or those getting ready to start at a new school where they don't know anyone.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Kids getting ready to move, or those about to start a new school will find a friend in Ice. The illustrations are expressive and you want to be Ice's friend right away.

Content Awareness Factors:

None, really. It could set some kids up to think they will get a party when they go to a new school.

Type of Book:
This is a picture book that validates kids' feelings about change and also encourages them to look for the positive.
Educational Themes:

The theme of the book is change. The story makes it easy to look at events from both sides. How Ice feels is front and center, and the most logical focus of discussion, but it is also possible to look at the story from the other side: how did her new classmates help her? Has your child ever had experiences like this? Have they helped a new neighbor or student at school?

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
8 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 9
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. Even if you're not moving to a new home, every kid can relate to the difficulty of change. The story offers opportunities for talking about friendship and empathy.

Title Ice in the Jungle
Author Ariane Hofmann-Maniyar
Publisher Child's Play International, Ltd © 2015
Illustrators Ariane Hofmann-Maniyar
ISBN 9781846437311
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.99
Genres Family
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