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Welcome to the icehouse
Yolen, Jane.
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Publication Information:
New York : Putnam, [1998]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
The coming of warm weather to the arctic brings an explosion of color from flowering plants and a thundering return of wildlife.
Reading Level:
AD 870 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.0 0.5 21508.

Reading Counts RC K-2 4.4 1 Quiz: 16487 Guided reading level: P.
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QL105 .Y65 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Welcome to the ice house'where through the long winter night of the Arctic prowl all kinds of animals'the fox looking for lemmings, the howling wolf pack on the trail of snowshoe hare, the lynx, the polar bear, and a thundering herd of moose. Beyond the ice, in a blue-black sea, swim seals, herds of walrus, and killer whales on the hunt. Then, suddenly, spring and summer return together in a burst of color as poppies and lupines bloom where once grew only ice and snow.Poetic text and dramatic illustrations authentically capture the powerful majesty of Arctic flora and fauna in this companion volume to Welcome to the Green House and Welcome to the Sea of Sand.

Author Notes

Jane Yolen was born February 11, 1939 in New York City. She received a bachelor's degree from Smith College in 1960 and a master's degree in education from the University of Massachusetts in 1976. After college, she became an editor in New York City and wrote during her lunch break. She sold her first children's book, Pirates in Petticoats, at the age of 22. Since then, she has written over 300 books for children, young adults, and adults.

Her other works include the Emperor and the Kite, Owl Moon, How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? and The Devil's Arithmetic. She has won numerous awards including the Kerlan Award, the Regina Medal, the Keene State Children's Literature Award, the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, two Christopher Medals, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards, the Golden Kite Award, the Jewish Book Award, the World Fantasy Association's Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Association of Jewish Libraries Award.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-8. With its endlessly rolling hills of ice, the arctic landscape appears bleak and forbidding. Indeed, Regan's paintings are so realistic her scenes seem as if they should be icy to the touch! With each turn of the page, another effectively camouflaged native inhabitant--fox, wolf, lynx, ptarmigan--emerges from the blue whiteness as Yolen's evocative verse identifies the variety of predators and prey that inhabit the arctic nights. Swimming beyond the frozen land are seals, whales, and walrus, and gyrfalcons police the frigid skies. This menagerie blossoms with the arctic flowers in spring as caribou, grizzly bears, and an assortment of birds return to the thawing land. This companion to Yolen and Regan's Welcome to the Green House (1993) and Welcome to the Sea of Sand (1996) is an irresistible invitation to the "ice house" that will enrich youth science collections. --Ellen Mandel

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 4‘The spareness of the arctic landscape lends itself to a picture book elegant in painting and poem. Yolen's confident hand with verbal rhythms has never been more evident. The author moves naturally from rhyming couplets to internal rhymes, letting the changing beats of the lines evoke "A ton of unpredictable moose on the loose" or "Lynx, now quick, now slow, now silent as snow." The unforced musical language is a pleasure to read aloud. Regan's double-page paintings use an icy palette of blues and whites to create a sense of chilly beauty and mystery. As the seasons change, the artist allows color to creep in gradually until summer on the tundra bursts forth in a riot of yellow poppies and blue lupines. As the warmth fades, the colors freeze up again, lit by the northern lights. Flora and fauna are rendered with meticulous accuracy, with the arctic tern and the arctic loon distinctly different from their relatives. Like Welcome to the Green House (1993) and Welcome to the Sea of Sand (1996, both Putnam), this book can fill a variety of niches. The friendly language and stunning art will pull in preschoolers and introduce them to environmental wonders. It would be an excellent introduction to an ecology unit for elementary grades. There is even a brief information essay on the back page, an address for further information, and an Alaska Web site. It will be a cold heart that is able to resist this beauty.‘Sally Margolis, Barton Public Library, VT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.