It's snowboarding season in the Teton Mountains, and the snow at Glory Bowl is fresh. But as Axel and his father, Dag, well know, new snow settling on top of old snow can also mean the risk of an avalanche. While Dag surveys the landscape for signs of danger, Axel and his snowboarding rival, Kelly, rashly begin showing off their moves,until ... Whoomph! Crack! Bang! A fast-moving snowslide suddenly takes shape. Axel, his dog, Grits, and Kelly must all act very quickly to avoid disaster.
In the third book of the Outdoor Adventures series, celebrated nature writer Jean Craighead George and award-winning artist Wendell Minor create a gripping account of the awesome wonder and potential peril of an avalanche.
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Jean Craighead George wrote over one hundred books for children and young adults. Her novel Julie of the Wolves won the Newbery Medal in 1973, and she received a 1960 Newbery Honor for My Side of the Mountain. She continued to write acclaimed picture books that celebrate the natural world. Her other books with Wendell Minor include The Wolves Are Back; Luck; Everglades; Arctic Son; Morning, Noon, and Night; and Galapagos George.
Wendell Minor has illustrated numerous award-winning picture books, including Reaching for the Moon by Buzz Aldrin, Galapagos George by Jean Craighead George, and If You Were a Panda Bear by his wife, Florence Minor. Mr. Minor's art has been exhibited at the Norman Rockwell Museum, among other prestigious institutions throughout the country. He lives in rural Connecticut with Florence and their two cats.From Booklist:
Gr. 1-4. George and Minor use the setting of snowboarding season for a lesson in physical science, showing the effect of snowfall in the Teton Mountains: how the layers of new and old snow interact, and how avalanches are made, and how they can be predicted and directed. There is a story here, too, and the cast includes young Axel; his dog, Grits; his father, Dag, who is a snow patrol officer; and Kelly, Axel's snowboarding rival. Axel puts Kelly in danger by not listening to the snow-warning sights and sounds, but Grits helps rescue her. Apparently none the worse for their close call, children, dog, and father go off to snowboard down the mountain. Minor's natural style and his clear rich colors--the blues, greens, and icy whites of the Tetons-- are the right accompaniment, and Grits is as cute as critters come. GraceAnne DeCandido
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