Angela’s Glacier

Scott, Jordan. Angela’s Glacier. New York: Neal Porter Books / Holiday House, 2024.
On the day of Angela’s birth, her father carefully bundles her up and carries her outside to show her an ancient glacier rising above their town. Even before Angela can walk, her father carries her on his back across lava fields and snowfields to listen to the sound of the glacier. And once Angela is old enough, she starts to hike by herself to listen to the mysterious sounds beneath the ice. But then she gets busy – school, friends, sports, music – and does not go anymore until her heart overflows with longing and she returns to her beloved glacier.
Extraordinarily evocative illustrations by Diana Sudyka help to tell this enchanting story set in Snæfellsnes National Park near Reykjavik. In an afterward, the author explains how he was inspired by a friend who grew up in Canada but moved to Iceland and the friend explains more about glaciers. Highly recommended as a read-aloud for children 5 to 10 years old. Even more highly recommended for readers of any age who appreciate astonishingly beautiful writing and exquisite design.

P.S. Where does your heart feel at home? Why there?

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