Monday, April 14, 2008
Winston of Churchill: One bear's battle against global warming, by Jean Davies Okimoto, illustrated by Jeremiah Trammell - review
Winston of Churchill: One bear's battle against global warming, by Jean Davies Okimoto, illustrated by Jeremiah Trammell
Ohhhh-kay. Really nice illustrations. Super message. Nice illustrated summary of the whys and hows of global warming. Friendly-looking polar bears.
But I wonder if all the references to Winston Churchill, including a brief subplot about his cigar, as well as direct quotes from his most famous speeches, will baffle children enough to make them lose interest in what is otherwise a nice story about an important issue. Sure, there's explanatory back-matter, but if you've already lost 'em, what good is back-matter?
The issue is important enough to many parents that they will read this book to their kids and explain every blessed word if they have to, and I will take it home myself, but we'll see.