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Queen Goldenlight and King Icicle rule two very different kingdoms, but they learn to share their influence so that the Earth will have six months of summer and six months of winter, in an engaging story about how the weather was made.
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Mary Lister is a freelance storyteller and puppeteer. Passionate about the power of stories, she is actively involved with inner-city reading schemes and has performed in theatres, art galleries, museums and schools worldwide. She often uses puppets in her performances and also organises a yearly puppetry and animation festival. Mary lives and works in Yorkshire. Diana Mayo graduated from Kingston University with a BA in Graphic Design and Illustration in 1990. She has worked on a number of children's books, drawing her inspiration from myths and trivia from around the world. Diana has also illustrated the The House that Jack Built (2001) and The Gingerbread Man new this spring.From School Library Journal:
Kindergarten-Grade 2-Two monarchs rule their respective kingdoms in the sky. King Icicle and his friends from the Land of Icy Darkness wreak havoc upon the Earth with their love of all things blustery and cold. Queen Goldenlight and her companions from the Land of the Flaming Sun are friends of the Earth and supply it with light and heat. The two realms are joined one day via a rainbow bridge, and in an atmosphere of cooperation and respect, the rulers agree to work in tandem. The King agrees to care for the Earth for six months of the year (occasionally he "forgets himself and sends out too many of his cold spirits"), and then the Queen takes over. Lister has worked to create a tale of sharing and community in this picture-book debut. The text, however, is rather lackluster and uninspired. At times, the author resorts to telling readers, rather blandly, of her characters' emotional states, rather than conveying these important points through dialogue or other descriptive means. Much of the characterization comes through in Mayo's engaging acrylic illustrations. Her depictions of the royals' companions, Maya Monsoon, Harry Hurricane, Serena Sky, etc., are particularly amusing. This visually appealing pourquoi tale may be a suitable choice for larger libraries wishing to round out their season-themed picture-book collections.
Carol L. MacKay, Camrose Public Library, Alberta, Canada
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